India’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has always been the most memorable moments of Indian cricket fans because of countless precious moments – from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag’s memorable opening partnerships to Yuvraj Singh’s all-around performances and Zaheer Khan’s sensational bowling spells. However, none is bigger than MS Dhoni’s massive six to seal the deal for India.
Dhoni will always be regarded as the ultimate hero on the night of the final as he defeated Sri Lanka with his 79-ball 91* when the ‘Men in Blue’ were struggling at 114-3. At first, Mahi built a match-changing partnership of 109 runs with Gautam Gambhir for the fourth wicket and then stitched an unbeaten 54-runs stand with Yuvraj Singh to take India home with 10 balls to spare.
According to the veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s latest book ‘Democracy XI’, a top secret was revealed regarding Dhoni’s emotional side following India’s historic World Cup win on 2nd April 2011. MS had actually cried on that victorious night, as acknowledged by the man himself. The incident took place when everyone ran towards Dhoni to hug him after that massive six over long on. The tough Indian skipper though couldn’t control his emotions when the ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh hugged him with the tears of joy.
As quoted in the book, Dhoni said, “Yes, I cried, but the cameras didn’t catch it. I was naturally excited but held back the emotions till a tearful Harbhajan hugged me. That’s when I got teary-eyed but kept my head down so no one would see me crying.”
Dhoni was later on adjudged Man of the Match in the 2011 World Cup final for his inspirational 91* while Yuvraj Singh was awarded Man of the Tournament for his consistent all-around performance throughout the tournament.