On April 2, 2011, India had beaten Sri Lanka in the summit clash to lift the World Cup trophy after a gap of 28 years. The MS Dhoni-led unit became the first team to win the world event on home soil.
Chasing a stiff target of 275, India were put on their backfoot early on as both the openers — Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar — were sent back to the pavilion in the opening powerplay. But crucial knocks from Gautam Gambhir (97) and MS Dhoni (91*) got the hosts over the line with ten balls to spare.
🇱🇰 A brilliant ton from Jayawardene sets up the game
🇮🇳 India stumble before Gambhir steps up
🙌 MS Dhoni finishes things off in style
The @cricketworldcup 2011 Final was an absolute classic.
Watch the highlights 🎥 #CWC11Rewind
— ICC (@ICC) April 2, 2021
Tendulkar, who has been hospitalised after returning a positive COVID-19 test, also took to social media to wish the fans on the tenth anniversary of the historic win.
Thank you for your wishes and prayers. As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalised. I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone.
Wishing all Indians & my teammates on the 10th anniversary of our World Cup 🇮🇳 win.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 2, 2021
“April 2, 2011 – a day when history was created!” wrote Yuvraj on Twitter.
April 2, 2011 – a day when history was created! We wanted to win the WC for India & for the master @sachin_rt who carried the nation’s expectations over decades!
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 2, 2021
Other World Cup-winning heroes like Gambhir and Sehwag also shared their feelings.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 2, 2021
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 2, 2021
🇮🇳🏆 2nd April 2011 when we all indians became the world champions..thank you for your love and support,prayers can’t believe it’s already 10 yrs @sachin_rt @GautamGambhir @virendersehwag @imVkohli @YUVSTRONG12 @msdhoni @ImRaina @iamyusufpathan @ImZaheer @munafpa99881129 pic.twitter.com/ftOWWGyHUX
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 2, 2021
#10years of winning the World Cup, fulfilling the dream of every Indian around the world. It’s such a nostalgic feeling where I can relive each moment of lifting the trophy & making our country proud. It will be cherished forever. #Worldcup2011 #IndianCricketTeam @BCCI 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/IFOttlXbUr
It’s been 10 years but there are many memories still afresh. 2011 World Cup win – The golden moment which always will stay close to my heart. What a night it was for one billion Indian fans! pic.twitter.com/UCi25KVbti
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 2, 2021
Hear @harbhajan_singh give his firsthand account of the best day in any Indian cricket fan’s life #OnThisDay 🔟 years ago, a billion people celebrated a victory for the ages! 💙#CWC11 #WorldChampions pic.twitter.com/GdrL56k7iV
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 2, 2021
India are yet to win a World Cup since that day. The 2013 Champions Trophy is India’s only ICC trophy after the 2011 World Cup triumph.