Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has ance again trained gusnat former India captain and veteran player Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In an interview to an online portal, Gambhir revealed how MS Dhoni's remainder of his upcoming milestone was the reason he missed out on his hitting a century in the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Being a World Cup final, India-Sri Lanka's battle at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai lived up to its hype and expectations as the momentum shifted one corner to another before Dhoni's 91 not out and Gambhir's 97 took India to the coveted title in front of a jam-packed stadium.
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Gambhir's 97-run knock off 122 balls and his 109-runs partnership with MS Dhoni in the final has played an indelible role for India's second-ever World Cup victory and has remained etched in the minds of cricket fans.
After the 109-run partnership, Gambhir was dismissed by Thisara Parera in the 42nd over of the match for 97. I have been asked this question many times, on what happened when I was on 97. I tell every youngster and every person that before getting to 97, I never thought about my own individual score but looked at the target set by Sri Lanka, Gambhir said in an interview.
I remember that when an over was completed, I and Dhoni were at the crease. he told me that these three runs are remaining, get these three suns and your hundred would be completed.
Gautam Gambhir further suggested that listening to Dhoni at such a crucial moment may have cost in his dream World Cup ton.
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Suddenly, when your mind turns to your individual performance, individual score, then, somewhere, you have a rush of blood. Before this moment, my target was only to chase Sri Lanka's target. If only that target remained in my mind, maybe, I would have easily scored my hundred. That's why, till I was on 97, I was in the present, but as soon as I thought, I am three runs away from getting hundred, then that rush of blood caused by the desire to get a hundred. That's why it's so important to remain in the present... when I was walking back to the dressing room after being dismissed, I said to myself that these three runs would trouble me for the rest of my life and that is true. Even to this day, people ask me why I couldn't get those three runs.