Gautam Gambhir (93) and MS Dhoni (91) coolly sculpt India's run chase to claim victory in the 2011 ICC World Cup finals held at Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. I had to mute my television during this phase because commentators on all channels (DD National, Star Cricket and Star Sports) were very negative about the performance of the Indian batsmen/team, when it was obvious that India were comfortably cruising, and there was nothing to get tense about!
I really enjoyed the match - You guys rock!! Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni (Captain Cool), Munaf Patel and Gautam 'dirty shirt' Gambhir are on the left. Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla are hogging the World Cup. Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ashwin and Yusuf 'strongman' Pathan
Indian cricket coach, Gary Kirsten of South Africa being carried around the Wankhade Stadium by Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli. His hard work and training helped ensure that the Indian team performed to their optimum best during the World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar sharing the 2011 World Cup with his crazy fan Gautam. I once saw Sachin's No.1 fan at the abandoned India-Sri Lanka one-dayer in Delhi last year. I thought I'd take a photo of myself with him, but then decided against it as I noticed he was not wearing any clothes, except for really tiny briefs.
This photo is for all those cynical commentators out there who keep saying that the Indian team rests on the laurels of Tendulkar. Here is Sachin Tendulkar resting on the shoulders and achievements of the Indian cricket team! He didn't do too well in the finals, but the rest of the Indian team ensured that India still won the cup!
Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh were the main cricketers who scripted India's victory, but they just sort of blended into the background after the match. I could not find any photos of them holding the World Cup or celebrating after the match, even though I looked really hard. If you find any photos of them, please let me know.
Did you watch the match? What did you think of India's performance?