Gautam Gambhir, who was the hero of India’s hero in the finals, said that India believed that they could win the title in 2011 in the finals. India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to lift the World Cup 2011 trophy at home. They became the first side to win the World Cup at home.
Gambhir scored 97 off 122 balls to anchor the Indian innings that was chasing 270+ score. He said,” The first ball that Lasith Malinga bowled, I hit it for a boundary. At such times your nerves get settled as well. Whatever nerve was there, it was due to the fact that it was an international game, not because it was a World Cup final.”
He said that he hadn’t yet padded up completely, when Malinga got Sehwag LBW on the second ball of the Indian innings. “The good thing that happened was there was nothing in my mind. If I had to wait for my opportunity, then there would have been a lot of things that would have gone on in my mind since it was a World Cup final and we were chasing 275," Gambhir shared.
Gambhir made 109 runs with captain MS Dhoni, who made 91 runs and hit the trophy winning six off Nuwan Kulasekara.
Another KKR player who was part of that winning squad, Piyush Chawla said that he slept with his India shirt and winners medal in night after partying and celebrating with the team.