New Delhi. Winning the 2011 World Cup was a very special occasion for Indian cricket. After the 1983 World Cup victory, this was the first time that the Indian cricket team won a 50-over ICC tournament. Gautam Gambhir played an important role in that victory. He was the second highest run-scorer for India in the 2011 World Cup with 393 runs in nine matches. He crossed the fifty-plus score four times in the tournament with his highest score of 97 in the final against Sri Lanka. Gambhir also contributed the most runs for MS Dhoni-led India in the final and helped the team chase down the target of 275 runs in 48.2 overs.
Gambhir has now revealed that ahead of India’s semi-final against Pakistan, some senior players had told him that they ‘need to end the 1983 World Cup talks now’. Actually, these players were referring to the exploits of Kapil Dev-led Team India in the 1983 World Cup. He told The Indian Express, ‘Two or three senior players came to me and said that we need to win this tournament because now we do not want to hear the mention of 1983. We have to finish his talk.
In response, Gambhir said, ‘I said that I have not come here to kill anyone. I have not come here to downplay anyone’s stature, but I want to increase my line by winning the tournament. If the media is talking about them from 1983 to 2011, then it is the problem of the media, not ours. We need to win the World Cup because we want the country to be happy. This is something that needs to change in future.
After retiring from international cricket in December 2018, Gambhir entered politics and is currently serving as the Lok Sabha member of the BJP. Member of parliament Huh. He is also part of the support staff of Lucknow Supergiants in the Indian Premier League.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 20, 2022, 11:06 IST