The 2011 World Cup was won by team effort: Gautam Gambhir

NEW DELHI: As the nation celebrates nine years of India's victory at the 2011 World Cup, former cricketer and MP BJP Gautam Gambhir On Thursday he said the tournament was won by a collective effort by the team and its support staff.

During the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, then skipper Ms dhoni he had broken a six to allow the Men in Blue to lift their second ODI World Cup.

Cricket fans across the country appreciate this as a timeless memory. However, Gambhir was quick to point out that the tournament was won by the efforts of the entire team and dedicated support staff.

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In the final, Sri Lanka won the draw and chose to hit first.

Mahela Jayawardene Best score for Sri Lanka when it reached a century to bring the team's score to 274/6.

India in their pursuit got off to a bad start when the team lost Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag with only 31 races on the board.

But Gambhir & MS Dhoni stepped up & stitched a match-winning 109-run partnership. Gambhir perished after playing a knock of 97 runs, but in the end, Dhoni & Yuvraj Singh led the team across the line through six wickets.

India won its first World Cup in 1983 & then had to wait for 28 years to again lift the title.