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“In a team sport, individuals have no place. It’s all about contributions,” Gambhir

Whenever cricket fans remember India’s 2011 ICC World Cup triumph, the six MS Dhoni hit in the final against Sri Lanka to complete run-chase, is arguably the first memory that flashes in their brains.
After a website termed the moment as ‘the six that won India the World Cup’, Gautam Gambhir asserted the importance of looking at the collective team effort instead. A year on, Gambhir shed more light on how he interprets the iconic triumph.
Dhoni, being the captain of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 2011, draws the most plaudits whenever the match is being talked about. Gambhir, however, asserted the need to look at the contributions of others as ‘cricket is a team sport’.
“Do you think that only one individual won us the World Cup? If one individual could have won the World Cup, then India could have won all the World Cups till now. Unfortunately, in India, it’s only about worshipping certain individuals. I’ve never believed in that. In a team sport, individuals have no place. It’s all about contributions,” Gambhir
Gambhir further put focus on the performances of Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar etc. To those labelling the MS Dhoni six as the ‘one that won India the World Cup’, Gambhir said that Yuvraj Singh would’ve won ‘six World Cups’ (for hitting six sixes against England in a single over at the 2007 T20 World Cup).
Can you forget Zaheer Khan’s contribution? His first spell in the final, where he bowled three successive maidens? Can you forget what Yuvraj Singh did against Australia? Or for that matter, Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred against South Africa? Why do we keep remembering about one six? If one six can win you the World Cup, then I think Yuvraj Singh should have won six World Cups for India, because he hit six sixes in an over (against England in 2007 World T20 at Durban). No one talks about Yuvraj. He was the ‘Man of the Tournament’ in the 2007 (officially, Shahid Afridi was) & the 2011 World Cups. And we keep talking about that one six.”
Gambhir himself played a huge role in the team’s triumph at the final. The opening batsman scored 97 and stitched an important century partnership with Dhoni. There are fans who reckon his knock in the final as the ‘most memorable’, Gambhir said that the fact that people come up to him and say ‘thank you for the World Cup’, is his biggest achievement.

Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 02/04/2021

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