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4 of the greatest World Cup innings of all time

Ritik Goel
Top 5 / Top 10
13 Feb 2019, 17:00 IST

# MS Dhoni: 91 not out vs Sri Lanka, 2011 World Cup final

India v Sri Lanka - 2011 ICC World Cup Final
India v Sri Lanka - 2011 ICC World Cup Final

MS Dhoni, the man known to turn the impossible into the routine, did something magical on the night of the 2011 World Cup final. No team had won a World Cup final at home before, and no team had chased down such a massive total to win a World Cup before. However, Dhoni was in his own world - a world of composure and calmness.

India faced an extremely strong Sri Lankan side, a side filled with legends of the game, in the final. Chasing 275, they were reduced to 114/3. Yuvraj Singh, who was later adjudged the Man of the Tournament, was slated to come in next. However, Dhoni surprised everyone by promoting himself ahead of Yuvraj.

The world looked at him with raised eyebrows as he had not performed tremendously with the bat until then. But Dhoni wanted to keep the left-right combination going with Gautam Gambhir as Muttiah Muralitharan, the off-spinner, was bowling. Moreover, Dhoni was confident about tackling Muralitharan as he had played with him in three seasons for his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings.

It turned out to be a masterstroke as Dhoni went on to score 91 not out and finished the game off with one of the most iconic sixes in cricketing history. When a packed Wankhede crowd were shouting on top of their lungs, when the entire Indian population was out on the streets, when all eyes were on MS Dhoni, he pulled a rabbit out of his habit.

It was the innings of his life, and he got good support from Gambhir as well. The knock ended Sachin Tendulkar's 23-year wait to lift a World cup trophy for his country.

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