Virender Sehwag reveals how Sachin Tendulkar helped MS Dhoni lift the 2011 WC title

India lifted the World Cup after 28 years in 2011.

Indian Cricket team after winning the 2011  World Cup. (Getty)

Team India under the leadership of MS Dhoni in 2011, won the 50 - over World Cup after 28 years, after Kapil Dev inspired his team to win it for the first time in 1983. 

Senior cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh performed consistently in India's journey to the final of the tournament where MS Dhoni scored an inspired and unbeaten 91 included the winning hit to rewrite history in Indian cricket. Gautam Gambhir played an important knock of 97 but unfortunately fell short of his century by 3 runs. 

Virender Sehwag in an exclusive interaction with India TV revealed how Sachin Tendulkar despite failing to score runs in the final game, played a key role in helping MS Dhoni in lifting the cup. 

In the show named "Cricket Ki Baat" Sehwag explained how the master played a masterstroke to help India achieve World Cup glory for the second time in their cricketing history. 

"Sachin Tendulkar told MS Dhoni, if a righty gets out, then go for a righty and if a lefty gets out, go for a lefty. And then Virat Kohli got out and in place of him, MS Dhoni to bat and that's why Yuvraj Singh didn't play number 4 despite being in good form," Sehwag explained.

It was a tactical decision which Tendulkar suggested to counter the threat of the Sri Lankan bowlers especially spin wizard  Muttiah Muralitharan. 

At the end, Dhoni struck a six to clinch India's second World Cup in the over of Nuwan Kulasekara. He was bestowed with the Man of the Match award for his attacking innings. 


By Anshuman Roy - 13 Sep, 2018

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