Gautam Gambhir Reveals His Only Regret from the Iconic 2011 World Cup Final

Despite an illustrious career filled with memorable performances, Gautam Gambhir has revealed that he harbors one significant regret, tied to the iconic 2011 World Cup final moment involving MS Dhoni.

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Gambhir, a pivotal figure in India‘s cricketing history, was a crucial part of the teams that won both the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. Reflecting on the latter, Gambhir shared his thoughts on the one moment he wishes he could change.

In the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka, held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, India found themselves in a precarious position at 31 for 2, with early losses of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar to Lasith Malinga. Gambhir, stepping in to stabilize the innings, formed a significant partnership with a young Virat Kohli before teaming up with captain MS Dhoni.

As the duo steered India towards the target of 275 set by Sri Lanka, Gambhir was on the brink of a well-deserved century. However, he was dismissed for 97 by Tillakaratne Dilshan in the 42nd over, leaving India needing 51 runs. Dhoni then led India to victory, sealing the match with an unforgettable six that became an emblematic moment in cricket history.

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In a candid revelation, Gambhir expressed his lingering regret: “I wish I had finished that game,” he admitted. “It was my job to finish the game, rather than leaving someone to finish it. If I could turn back the clock, I would go back there and score the last run, irrespective of how many runs I scored.”

Gambhir’s 97-run knock was instrumental in India’s victory, yet he emphasizes the importance of finishing the match himself. This sentiment highlights the mindset of a true sportsman, who places team success above individual milestones.

Dhoni, who was named Player of the Match, led India to their first World Cup victory in 28 years. The moment remains etched in the memories of cricket fans worldwide, symbolizing India’s dominance in the sport.

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As Gambhir reflects on his career, his regret over the 2011 final underscores the weight of responsibility felt by top athletes. His revelation adds a personal dimension to one of cricket’s most celebrated moments, reminding fans of the human aspects behind the game.

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Despite an illustrious career filled with memorable performances, Gautam Gambhir has revealed that he harbors one significant regret, tied to the iconic 2011 World Cup final moment involving MS Dhoni.

Gambhir, a pivotal figure in India's cricketing history, was a crucial part of the teams that won both the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. Reflecting on the latter, Gambhir shared his thoughts on the one moment he wishes he could change.

In the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka, held at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, India found themselves in a precarious position at 31 for 2, with early losses of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar to Lasith Malinga. Gambhir, stepping in to stabilize the innings, formed a significant partnership with a young Virat Kohli before teaming up with captain MS Dhoni.

As the duo steered India towards the target of 275 set by Sri Lanka, Gambhir was on the brink of a well-deserved century. However, he was dismissed for 97 by Tillakaratne Dilshan in the 42nd over, leaving India needing 51 runs. Dhoni then led India to victory, sealing the match with an unforgettable six that became an emblematic moment in cricket history.

In a candid revelation, Gambhir expressed his lingering regret: "I wish I had finished that game," he admitted. "It was my job to finish the game, rather than leaving someone to finish it. If I could turn back the clock, I would go back there and score the last run, irrespective of how many runs I scored."

Gambhir's 97-run knock was instrumental in India's victory, yet he emphasizes the importance of finishing the match himself. This sentiment highlights the mindset of a true sportsman, who places team success above individual milestones.

Dhoni, who was named Player of the Match, led India to their first World Cup victory in 28 years. The moment remains etched in the memories of cricket fans worldwide, symbolizing India's dominance in the sport.

As Gambhir reflects on his career, his regret over the 2011 final underscores the weight of responsibility felt by top athletes. His revelation adds a personal dimension to one of cricket's most celebrated moments, reminding fans of the human aspects behind the game.

Stay updated with all the cricketing action, follow Cricadium on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram