On the occasion of the sixth anniversary of India's famous World Cup triumph under Mahendra Singh Dhoni on April 2, 2011, Gambhir who scored 97 off 122 deliveries, told Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) official website that sometimes a good start can help you to get settled in the middle.
"The first ball that Lasith Malinga bowled, I hit it for a boundary. At such times your nerves get settled as well. Whatever nerve was there, it was due to the fact that it was an international game, not because it was a World Cup final," Gambhir said.
"It was not just about one or two individuals, but it was about everyone in the dressing room who believed that we could win the World Cup. There couldn't have been a bigger stage set when you are chasing in the World Cup final that also at home. You never know whether you will get that opportunity ever again. You got to cherish the moment," he added.
Gambhir, the KKR skipper, said he was not even ready when Sehwag got out for a duck of only the second ball of India's innings.
"We were chasing 275 and I was not even ready when Viru (Virender Sehwag) got out (leg before wicket) LBW in the second delivery. I was still padding up. Because the decision was a referral, I got the time to get ready," the Delhi batsman said.
"The good thing that happened was there was nothing in my mind. If I had to wait for my opportunity, then there would have been a lot of things that would have gone on in my mind since it was a World Cup final and we were chasing 275," recalled Gambhir, who stitched a match-winning 109-run stand for the fourth wicket with Dhoni.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, member of India's World Cup winning squad, said he did not take off his India shirt that night and slept with the winners' medal on.
"When the presentation ceremony was on, the champagne bottles were opened on the stage itself. I was drenched in champagne. Although I don't drink, I was still feeling like I was drunk. I didn't take off my India jersey that night," Chawla said.
"I got everyone's signature on that and I went to sleep with the T-shirt and the medal on," mentioned Piyush Chawla, when he recounted celebrations from that "incredible night".
6 years ago #OnThisDay,Dhoni finished it off in style and we as a Team lived a dream & won the World Cup,the best memory for this generation pic.twitter.com/QQ9oVFEf4e— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 2, 2017
India won by six wickets to be crowned World champions for the second time after 1983.
Chase your dreams: Tendulkar's message on 6th anniversary
As the Indian cricket fraternity and the fans in this cricket crazy nation get nostalgic over the historic ICC World Cup victory in 2011, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar shared an inspiring message for everyone.
April 2, 2011 was a historic day for India as the Asian giant lifted the second World Cup trophy and for the first time in 28 years after 1983.
India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets with 10 balls remaining to complete a truly historic victory in front of hysteric crowd at the iconic Wankhede in Mumbai. Chasing a stiff target of 274, captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a brilliant 91 to mark April 2 as a historic day in Indian cricket history.
The hosts were in a spot of bother after they lost three quick wickets in Virender Sehwag, Tendulkar and Virat Kohli cheaply. But Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh rose to the occasion to steer India to a terrific win.
The duo of Dhoni and Gambhir added pivotal 109 runs for the fourth wicket before Gambhir was bowled on 97.
At the time when the left-handed opener from Delhi got dismissed, India still needed a run-a-ball 52 from 52 balls and the match could have swung either way. But Yuvraj and Dhoni batted superbly, using all their experience to chase down the target with rather ease.
Dhoni finished off in a fantastic fashion, hitting a big six over long on to Nuvan Kulasekara and giving Indian fans a moment that they could hardly ever forget in their lives.
Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Match while Yuvraj took home the Man of the Series honours for all-round performance in the prestigious quadrennial event.
Sachin Tendulkar was carried on the shoulders for a victory lap in what turned out to be his last World Cup.
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