photos

2011 Cricket World Cup: Celebrating MS Dhoni's Champions After A Decade

The Indian cricket team won its second Cricket World Cup in 2011. The team was led by MS Dhoni's. India's first World Cup win was in 1983 when the Kapil Dev-led team beat West Indies at Lord's. On April 2, 2011, Dhoni's India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Dhoni was the Man of the Match and Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the Tournament. India, Australia and the West Indies are the only teams to have won the ICC World Cup (50 overs) more than once.

April 02, 2021

The World Cup won: one of Sachin’s finest hours

Photo by Apoorva Salkade/Outlook

The time, the place, the script, it all unfolded with perfect fidelity for the Indians at the World Cup. Yuvraj, Sachin, Zaheer, and what to say on that captain’s knock in the final vs Sri Lanka. The cricket world was our oyster, No. 1 in Tests, ODI champs. It took an English summer with a tennis score to stop us.

PTI Photo

How brilliant was it that the man who singlehandedly, and without complaint, bore the burden of a billion expectations through decades of futility was afforded the chance to unfurl the flag he had shed blood and tears for after finally winning the one prize that had eluded him for so long? Was there a more poignant moment this year?

PTI Photo

Man of the moment: Sachin Tendulkar and other teammates congratulate Yuvraj Singh after he is named Man of the Tournament

PTI Photo

Sachin Tendulkar, center, holds the trophy as he takes the victory lap with his daughter, second left, and son, right center, as they celebrate the victory in the Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Tendulkar was still the undisputed star after India won the World Cup for the first time since 1983, despite only playing a cameo role as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni guided the home team to victory in the final against Sri Lanka.

AP Photo

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, back, and Yuvraj Singh, celebrate after winning in the Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India in Mumbai.

AP Photo/ Gurinder Osan

Road to Victory: Final 02.4.2011, Wankhede, Mumbai, India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. History men Dhoni, the batsman who came in from the cold, hits the calmest of sixes. We, the World Champions.

AFP (From Outlook, April 18, 2011)

India players celebrate as they win the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

AP Photo/ Saurabh Das

Players celebrate with the trophy as they win the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

AP Photo/ Kirsty Wigglesworth

Virat Kohli, right, and Suresh Raina, left, carry coach Gary Kirsten, after India won the Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India in Mumbai.

AP Photo/ Aijaz Rahi

India's players celebrate as India win the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

AP Photo/ Kirsty Wigglesworth

Yuvraj Singh gets emotional after Team India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.

PTI Photo

Industrialist Mukesh Ambani (C), Nita Ambani second left, actors Rajinikant (L), Aamir Khan third left, Shahid Kapoor (R), Preity Zinta fourth right jubilate after India defeated Sri Lanka to win the CWC 2011 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets

PTI Photo

Far corners Even in Siliguri, Bengal, they woke up the night

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

AP Photo/ Saurabh Das

Indian Pacer Zaheer Khan during the ICC CWC 2011 Final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Photo by Apoorva Salkade/Outlook

Road to Victory: Semi-Finals 30.3.2011, Mohali India beat Pakistan by 29 runs. Final ticket Misbah falls; and Sachin can finally celebrate after India defends a scratchily made 260

PTI Photo

Road to Victory: Quarter-Finals 23.3.2011. Motera, Ahmedabad India beat Australia by 5 wickets. Yuvraj genuflects in ecstasy after knocking off the winning runs, leaving Brett Lee to nurse his bruises

PTI Photo

Yuvraj Singh kisses the Cricket World Cup trophy in the backdrop of the Gateway of India in Mumbai, a day after India won the finals against Sri Lanka.

AP Photo/ Gurinder Osan

Mahendra Singh Dhoni poses with the trophy in the backdrop of the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Dhoni lofted Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara for the winning six against Sri Lanka, leading India to the six-wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium, when Dhoni anchored the run chase with his knock of 91, winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

AP Photo/ Gurinder Osan

Sachin Tendulkar poses with the Cricket World Cup trophy in front of the Gateway of India a day after winning the final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets to win their first World Cup in 28 years.

AP Photo/ Gurinder Osan

President Pratibha Patil shakes hands with Sachin Tendulkar as she meets members of the Indian cricket team during a reception hosted by her at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/Mohan Bane