In 2011 when the Indian cricket team won World Cup after 28 years, it was a dream comes the true moment for all. Virat Kohli, the current Indian cricket team captain was a member of the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a recent interaction with Mayank Agarwal, Kohli recalled those moments of lifting Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders.
Moments to cherished forever
Sachin Tendulkar appeared five times for India in the World Cup but he had to come back with disappointment four times. The 2003 World Cup final gave millions hope of finally seeing Sourav Ganguly leading an Indian cricket team full of superstars to win the trophy. But India lost to Ricky Ponting’s Australia who was almost invincible. The 2011 World Cup saw a young skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading a team full of youngsters including a very few members from the 2003 World Cup team. Sachin Tendulkar was obviously a part of the team and it was supposed to be Tendulkar’s last appearance in World Cup.
Eventually, on April 2, India defeated Sri Lanka at home in Mumbai to claim the trophy after 28 years. While everyone was in tears, the cricketers did not forget to give tribute to the senior player and carried him on their shoulders. A quote from Virat Kohli regarding the same went viral in no time. Mayank Agarwal, India’s Test opener asked Kohli about the same recently.
Virat Kohli on Sachin Tendulkar
There is a famous photograph from April 2 Virat Kohli is seen lifting Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders after India won the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium. Mayank Agarwal showed the same to Kohli recently and asked Kohli to share his feelings on the same. Kohli said, “Feeling was firstly of gratitude that we have won the World Cup. Invariably, everyone’s feeling was centered around Paaji (Tendulkar) because we knew this was his last chance to win a World Cup.”
Virat Kohli continued, “Whatever he had done for the country for so many years, n number of games he won for India and gave us motivation and inspiration.” According to Kohli, this was a gift from the Indian cricket team to the maestro. “This was I guess a gift from all of us. Prior to this moment, he always kept giving, but at this moment it all came to a fulfilment.”
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