MS Dhoni finishes off in style, India wins the World Cup
MS Dhoni hits the 2011 World Cup winning six

WATCH – Today in 2011: MS Dhoni ‘finishes off in style’ as India lift the World Cup once again after 28 years

It’s been nine years since MS Dhoni hit that gigantic six into the crowd against Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to win India the coveted trophy once again.

The entire nation was out on the streets celebrating the victory that made Dhoni a cult hero in the modern-day cricket as India lifted the ODI World Cup after a long gap of 28 years.


At Wankhede, the classy Mahela Jayawardene (103 not out, 88 balls, 13 fours) scored one of the greatest hundreds seen in a World Cup title clash to help Sri Lanka post a challenging total of 274/6.

In reply, India lost the talismanic Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag early, but Gautam Gambhir (97) and Virat Kohli (35) steadied the ship.


Then skipper Dhoni walked in ahead of Yuvraj Singh with India still needing 160 runs to win. Dhoni, who had a quiet World Cup till then, battled like a man possessed as he masterly handled Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka’s greatest bowling weapons, to guide India to their first World Cup win since 1983.

The emotions ran high after Dhoni hit that magical six as the whole team was in tears and some of the players even carried Tendulkar for a victory lap.


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