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Gambhir says many players not given due credit for 2011 World Cup win

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Former India cricketer, Gautam Gambhir has given a rather shocking statement recently on the 2011 ODI World Cup.

He feels that many players were not given due credit for their performance during the tournament.

Gambhir has given the names of players such as Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, and Sachin Tendulkar who played an equal role in giving India the title.

Meanwhile, it is an open fact that Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni were the main catalysts in giving India their second ODI World Cup title with their stellar knocks.

Additionally, Gambhir has also named Suresh Raina and stated that all of these players played a pivotal role.

We haven’t credited Yuvraj 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 keep talking about that one MS Dhoni six. You’re obsessed with individuals; you’ve forgotten them.

Apparently, Yuvraj Singh was awarded the Player of the Tournament as he picked up 15 wickets and scored 362 runs.

On the other hand, Zaheer Khan was the joint-highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps from 9 games.

Additionally, Sachin Tendulkar was the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 482 runs in 9 games and second-most overall.

Gambhir says his sole aim was to make India happy and not celebrate himself

Talking about his knock in the 2011 World Cup final, Gambhir stated that he played for the country.

Gambhir played a fierce knock of 97 from 122 balls that had nine fours in it and MS Dhoni scored 91 from 79 balls and remained not out.

These two knocks helped India win the ODI World Cup after a gap of 28 years.

Says Gambhir,

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.

In the final, Gambhir fell short of 3 runs to his century, otherwise, it would have been a very good knock for him.

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