Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has criticized the lack of due credit for Yuvraj Singh in the 2011 World Cup-winning campaign. Gambhir emphasized that media attention on MS Dhoni’s title-winning six overshadowed Yuvraj’s crucial contributions in helping India reach the final of the tournament.
While Gambhir and Dhoni played vital roles with the bat in the final against Sri Lanka, Gambhir believes that Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, and Munaf Patel, among others, also played pivotal roles in securing the World Cup title.
“Yuvraj hasn’t been credited enough for the 2011 World Cup. Even Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, and Munaf Patel. Sachin Tendulkar was the highest run-scorer, but do we talk about that? Media keeps talking about that one MS Dhoni six. You’re obsessed with individuals; you’ve forgotten team,” Gautam Gambhir expressed on RevSportz.
Yuvraj Singh was awarded the Player of the Tournament title for his exceptional performance, taking 15 wickets and scoring 362 runs in nine matches. Zaheer Khan also emerged as the joint-highest wicket-taker of the tournament, claiming 21 wickets in nine matches. Sachin Tendulkar was the leading run-scorer for India, accumulating 482 runs in nine matches.
Gautam Gambhir played a critical role in India’s victory in the World Cup final, scoring 97 off 122 balls, complemented by MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 off 79 balls. Despite falling just three runs short of a century, Gambhir’s focus was on contributing to his team and making his country proud.
“When I played that inning, my thinking was not about getting celebrated. My thinking was if I can make 100 crore people happy, if I can make my country proud, that is all I have picked up my bat for,” Gautam Gambhir added.