2011 world cup cricket is a sweet memory for the Indian cricket fans. India won the 2011 world cup cricket after 28 years. Six from the long-on by captain cool MS Dhoni symbolized the journey of Team India. From the experience of Sachin Tendulkar to young Virat Kohli, each and everybody performed superbly.
The Architect of the 2011 World Cup Cricket team?
But the first architect of Team India for the 2011 world cup Cricket team was none other than the DADA of Indian cricket Sourav Ganguly.
When Sourav Ganguly became the captain of the Indian cricket team, the team was plagued by match-fixing scandals. A wrecked team led by Sourav Ganguly was slowly reaching new heights. Ganguly made it so easy for young players that the ‘new Indian team.’ He inspired everybody to fight on foreign soil.
Now BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been described as the “icon” of Indian cricketers. Unfortunately, he did not win any ICC trophies as a captain. But who can ignore his passive contribution to winning any trophy?
Most of the ICC trophies that the Indian team has won, later on, were due to the special contribution of the players most of them made their India debut under his leadership.
Let’s know how many players of the 2011 world cup cricket made their debut under DADA.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
Captain cool Dhoni was the captain of the 2011 world cup cricket. Not only as a world cup winning captain, but Dhoni also has a tremendous impact as a cricketer and captain in world cricket. He is one of the biggest match-winner for India.
It is not unknown that Dada has played a significant role in shaping MS Dhoni as a cricketer. Dhoni made his international debut in 2004 under Sourav Ganguly. After failing in the first few matches, captain Ganguly sacrifices his batting position and sent Dhoni to bat at No. 3 and scored a dominating century. He never had to look back. Taking the lead, he presented three ICC trophies to the Indian team.
In the 2011 world cup cricket, Dhoni came to bat mostly lower down the order. But in the final against Sri Lanka, he bated at number four. And who can forget his 91 of 76 balls?
In nine matches of India, Dhoni bated in eight innings. He scored 241 runs with an average of 48.20. As a wicket-keeper in 2011 world cup cricket, Dhoni has ten dismissals.
Yuvraj Singh made his debut in 2000 at the age of 18 under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly. He played an important role in supporting Sourav in building his career.
He gave many memorable performances. Yuvraj was the pillar of the Indian middle-order batting line-up.
He was one of India’s best all-rounders in limited over cricket.
Yuvraj Singh was instrumental in winning the 2007 T20 world cup and the 2011 World Cups.
In 2011 world cup cricket, Yuvraj scored 362 runs in nine games, averaging 90.50 and hitting one century and four half-centuries.
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But more than the runs, his 15 wickets at an average of 25.13 proved more important to the team. He consistently gave Dhoni breakthroughs throughout the tournament.
He ended the competition as the tournament’s eighth-highest run-scorer and fourth-highest wicket-taker.
Yuvraj Singh was declared the man of the tournament in the 2011 world cup cricket.
Sehwag made his ODI debut under Ajay Jadeja and batted at No. 7. For the next 20 months, he did not play for the national team again.
But Ganguly identifies the talent. Sehwag got the chance to play again play international cricket. Sehwag came to the limelight in his fourth ODI game against Australia in Bangalore in March 2001, when he struck 58 off 54 balls. With his three wickets, he contributed to India’s won and was named Man of the Match for the first time. It was the beginning of a glorious career.
In August 2001, in Sri Lanka, he was promoted to start the innings against New Zealand. He hit his first century from 69 balls in the last match against New Zealand, which decided the winner. After that inning, he never looked back and became one of the best openers in cricket.
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Sehwag scored 380 runs in the tournament’s eight games, including the tournament’s top score of 175 runs in the World Cup opener against Bangladesh. While opening with Sachin Tendulkar, the former opening batsman had a tournament average of 47.50.
Harbhajan Singh is one of the most successful Indian spinners with over 400 wickets in Test Cricket. However, Sourav Ganguly is behind his career. He was selected for the 2001 home series against Australia. Harbhajan took a hat-trick at the mighty Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He became the first Indian bowler to score a hat-trick in Test Cricket.
Harbhajan Singh made his test debut under the captaincy of Azhar. But Ganguly has played a significant role in shaping his career.
Harbhajan Singh was instrumental in India’s World Cup success with the ball. He may have only taken nine wickets in as many games, but he did an excellent job of keeping things tight and maintaining pressure in the middle overs, ending in a respectable economy rate of 4.48 in the 50-over competition.
Harbhajan’s outstanding performance was crucial in India’s semi-final victory over Pakistan. He also bowled brilliantly against Sri Lanka in the final.
Zaheer Khan made his debut in 2000 under Sourav Ganguly. He counts as another legendary fast bowler of India. In the first over in international cricket, Zaheer Khan made an impact of great quality bowling. In Test cricket, Zaheer is one of the most successful pace bowlers in India.
Zaheer Khan was the joint-highest wicket-taker of 2011 world cup cricket with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, with 21 wickets.
He was India’s top bowler in the 2011 World Cup cricket final vs Sri Lanka, and his first bowling spell of 5-3-6-1 provided the side with the perfect start with the ball.