“None of us scored any points”


Virender Sehwag was on song in this tournament as he consistently gave India spirited starts.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been more than 11 years since India won the 2011 World Cup but memories of the gala tournament are still fresh in the minds of fans. Over the years, several inside and untold stories of the competition have come out and Virender Sehwag recently added one more to the tally. The former fly-half was on song in this tournament as he consistently gave India spirited starts.

However, he failed to come out on top in the all-important final against Sri Lanka and perished for a two-ball duck. While his opening partner Sachin Tendulkar played some good shots early on, he also fell prey to Lasith Malinga after scoring 18. Sehwag recalled how he and Tendulkar planned to score big on the Wankhede lane in the opening rounds. sleeves.

Virender Sehwag perished for a duck in the 2011 World Cup final

For the uninitiated, Sri Lanka struck first in the match and slammed 274/6 in their 50 overs allowed thanks to a fine century from Mahela Jayawardene. While the track looked bright at bat, Tendulkar and Sehwag were eager to get their bats talking. However, Malinga spoiled their plans as India were reduced to 31/2.

“I’ll tell you a story about the 2011 World Cup Final. Sachin Tendulkar stood at midwicket and I stood at square leg deep. As the sun went down, we noticed a lot of shine on the window. We both watched it and then looked at each other and signaled that it would be fun to hit that wicket. None of us scored any points,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.

“So all the talk about there being heat, the wicket is flat, you win the toss and choose to strike…if you’re in that patch where you can’t score runs, you won’t score points. It’s as simple as that,” Sehwag added.

Meanwhile, the ship was stabilized by Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, who played sensible cricket and pushed the Lankans on the back foot. While Kohli was dismissed for 35, Gambhir scored 97 points. The baton was then passed to then skipper MS Dhoni who scored 91 points and finished the game with that iconic six. As a result, the Men in Blue won the contest by six wickets.


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