Team India’s veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja recently added that he watched the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka with his Indian Premier League (IPL) teammates as well. He again shared that all the memories from the night are still very fresh in his mind as well. Jadeja admitted to being nervous after the Men in Blue lost a few early wickets while chasing the 275-run target. The all-rounder added how Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni stepped up and helped India win.
Speaking to Star Sports, he said: “We had a practice session for IPL but it was cancelled as India were playing the World Cup final. All the teammates were sitting in the same room to watch the final. We were all slightly nervous after India lost some early wickets. But MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir turned the match around for us. I still remember everything from that night. It was a very special moment for Indian cricket. There are a lot of expectations from the fans to win the World Cup, especially if it is happening in India.”
While Gautam Gambhir missed out on a well-deserved century as he got out for 97, Dhoni remained unbeaten on 91, taking India to victory with an iconic six over long-on. Ravindra Jadeja again shared that Team India have a massive advantage for the World Cup 2023, considering that they are playing at home as well.
“The World Cup takes place every four years, and this one is more special as it’s being played in India. As players, we know the conditions in India. It’s surely a big advantage for us. Winning the 2023 World Cup will bring back the memories of 2011 World Cup for the fans. As we are familiar with the conditions at each venue, we will be better placed than our opponents and can read the game much quicker than them. The energy and enthusiasm of millions of Indian fans will be with us as they want us to lift the World Cup. Yes, it will be very exciting, but it won’t be easy. It will be quite a challenge, and as a cricketer, I like to face challenges,” Ravindra Jadeja concluded.