2011 World Cup victory!!! Indian cricket fans still get goosebumps while thinking about the moment for which they waited for another 28 years. It was a special day at the iconic Wankhede Stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final of the World Cup. The whole nation was up on their feet to celebrate this glorious moment. Now, we all are aware about the moments that took place during the World Cup but hardly any person is aware about these facts that happened after the memorable victory. Let’s get familiar with some of these facts:
When Sachin called Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary to the dressing room
Yes! Can you imagine this moment? The world’s greatest cricketer called an ordinary guy from the stands to lift the iconic World Cup trophy. Only Sachin Tendulkar can do this!
After a glorious victory in the finals, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar signalled his greatest-ever fan Sudhir Kumar to come to the Indian dressing room. Master Blaster then asked Zaheer Khan to bring the World Cup. He then let him lift the iconic trophy after hugging him. This down to earth gesture from the master won billions of hearts.
When Bachchan family hit the streets after 2011 World Cup victory
Another captivating moment that made headlines those days was Bachchan’s World Cup celebrations on Mumbai streets. The World Cup victory was so special for every Indian fan that even stars couldn’t stop themselves from coming out on the streets.
Big B along with his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya celebrated like a common man that day which was an indication that the whole nation is equal and it was nation’s victory. He also expressed his happiness over twitter with this:
“Incredible! Its like we just won our independence. It is madness outside!! Abhishek, Aishwarya and me on top of the roof of car, waving tricolor and just screaming.”
Largest security set-up for Indo-Pak clash
You can expect a tight security when it comes to India-Pakistan clash but during the 2011 World Cup game at Mohali, the situation was too tensed related to security as that was the border area of Punjab. Successfully hosting the game was an achievement for Punjab Cricket Association and BCCI but do you know how tight the security was in that game?
A no-fly zone was there around the PCA Stadium which is next to a military airport. Also, more than 1000 policemen were available outside the hotel at Chandigarh where both the teams were staying. These were not the only arrangements made before the game. Come across all the arrangements here: Indo-Pak 2011 World Cup game
Anil Kumble with a World Cup trophy in dressing room
Indian veteran Anil Kumble had been a part of various World Cups for India but he was unable to win even a single one. So, after India’s magnificent victory over Sri Lanka in the finals, Kumble was caught up with a World Cup trophy in the dressing room while World Cup hero Sachin Tendulkar showed his appreciation.
Dravid & Co. had a terrible outing in 2007 World Cup but this victory in 2011 was a big relief for every Indian fan.
Dhoni watched repeat telecast of 2011 World Cup final
Who all were aware about this? Interesting? Isn’t it? On one hand, where all the team members were celebrating the victory, Dhoni seemed to have some different plan that time. If reports were to be believed, Dhoni was busy in watching the repeat telecast of the World Cup final. Maybe he wanted to see himself how good he was! Lol!
Why Dhoni shaved his head?
Dhoni finished off his hair in style! After a thumping victory in the finals, Dhoni surprised everyone the next morning with his tonsured head. Dhoni believed to have made a commitment to do so before the commencement of the 2011 World Cup. It has been said that some priest had advised him to shave off his head between 2:45 am to 3:00 am, which he did.
This was not the first time he did something like that. Even after the winning the 2007 World T20, Dhoni had cut his long hairs.