April 2, 2011 holds a special place in the hearts of the Indian cricket fans as the Men in Blue lifted the ICC World Cup for the second time in history on this very day. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
While Dhoni smashed a maximum to conclude the proceedings for the home side, it was a team that consisted of some big names and performers. Here’s a list of players who were a part of India’s World Cup 2011 winning team and what they are up to now.
The skipper of that Indian side which lifted the ultimate glory, MS Dhoni’s future is currently shrouded in uncertainty. The 2020 IPL was set to see him return to cricket for the first time since the 2019 World Cup – with several keeping options having filled in for him since then – but the postponement of the IPL has pushed back questions on his future for the moment as well.
India’s most iconic player and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket in 2013. The right-hand batsman is now more often seen involved in non-cricketing activities like sharing the stage with famous personalities like the legendary Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. He recently started his academy — Sachin Tendulkar Middlesex Academy — to nurture young talents. He recently played in the Bush Fire Charity game in Australia and also captained India Legends in the Road Safety World Series.
Yuvraj Singh, despite being the standout performer for India throughout the World Cup, was in and out of the Indian side after the ICC World Cup 2011 triumph. His 15 wickets and 362 runs helped him be adjudged the Player of the Tournament. However, only months later, he was diagnosed with cancer. He played for India for the last time in 2017. He remained a highly sought cricketer for IPL franchises till 2019, when he announced his retirement. He has played in some exhibition T10 and T20 leagues since then.
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Virender Sehwag is now a retired Indian cricketer and is often busy using the social media platform Twitter. His rigorous tweets on various topics collect a lot of attention. He was part of the India Legends team and played a couple of matches in the Road Safety World Series, opening the innings with Sachin.
If the Indian fans can give credit to somebody other than Dhoni for the 2011 final win, it’s none other than Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir’s 97 in the night of the final certainly made the difference in the result ended that 28-year drought. But the left-hand batsman’s place in the Indian side saw some tumbling later on and he was eventually dropped after some bad performances. He led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles thereafter, despite not being considered for India’s limited-overs teams. He retired from all forms of cricket in 2018 and won from the East Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha elections last year. He is now a member of the Parliament.
Not many would remember Suresh Raina’s knock against Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup in Mohali that showed resistance to a bowling line up that was creating problems for the Indian side. Raina remained a mainstay in the Indian middle order till around 2017, after which he has faded from contention. He plays consistently for CSK in the IPL, but has been out of action since undergoing a knee surgery last year.
Virat Kohli has matured from the 2011 World Cup – when he was the promising young batsman in a side of legends – to be considered as the best contemporary batsman in the world currently. He has shifted gears in not just his batting but also in the way of judging the game, producing some magical innings with his willow across formats. He has led India to an unprecedented era of dominance in Test cricket.
Yusuf Pathan last played a game for India in 2012. He continues playing for the Baroda team in the domestic circuit as well as in the IPL, though he is not as feared a middle order batsman as he used to be. He has played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
Zaheer Khan, India’s most successful bowler in the ICC World Cup 2011, quit the game in 2015 and is now the director of cricket at Mumbai Indians. Zaheer Khan was out of the India team for long periods after the World Cup with injuries. He last played an ODI in 2012 and a Test in 2014.
Harbhajan Singh has not played for India for almost four years now, but he remains an integral part of the CSK bowling lineup. Harbhajan, who is also a television commentator and is active on social media, recently suggested that spinner Ravichandran Ashwin be brought back to India’s limited-overs teams.
Ashish Nehra, who was replaced in the 2011 World Cup final by Sreesanth, staged a remarkable comeback in the later stages of his career. His performances with the new ball for CSK earned him a place in India’s side in the 2016 T20 World Cup. He finally bowed out of the sport in 2017, following which he was roped in to the RCB coaching staff.
Munaf Patel, whose 11 wickets in the 2011 World Cup is often not appreciated enough, played a crucial role in the tournament but faded out because of injuries and poor form thereafter. played his last match for India against England at Cardiff in September 2011. In 2018, he retired from all forms of cricket.
One of the most promising cricketers S. Sreesanth, found himself in a lot of trouble when he was arrested after being allegedly involved is spot-fixing scandal in IPL 2013. Since, then he has been out of cricketing arena. He later joined the BJP and has tried his hands at acting as well. However, last year, the Supreme Court set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order, reducing his sentence to seven years. He will be eligible to return to cricket in August 2020.
Piyush Chawla last played for India in 2012 but has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket as well as in the IPL. He has changed from Uttar Pradesh to Gujarat and from KKR to CSK, which franchise bought him for Rs 6.75 crore in last year’s auction.
India’s spin bowling spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin remains one of the most important cricketers in the Indian side, but has come to be seen as a Test specialist in recent years. He led the KXIP side in the IPL till last year and will be seen in DC colours when the marquee league returns.
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