Later on in 2019, India will play host to the One-Day International World Cup. This announcement comes more than a dozen years after India won their second ODI World Cup by defeating Sri Lanka in the championship match played on Indian soil. Stories of India’s epic victory have been recounted and retold countless times over the course of the country’s history. Now, former India batter Gautam Gambhir has provided new details on yet another remarkable tale that occurred during that historic night at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
He shared the story of how the former captain of India, MS. Dhoni, had urged him to take his time and make it all the way to a century. Notable is that Thisara Perera took out Gautam Gambhir with a perfect bowling delivery on 97.
“MS Dhoni provided me with a lot of encouragement since he want for me to earn a perfect score. He never stopped pushing for me to reach one hundred.
In the intervals between the overs, he instructed me to “get your hundred, take your time, and don’t hurry into it.” I am able to quicken my pace if there is any demand for it.’ “After India’s victory against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international match held in Guwahati on Tuesday, Gambhir spoke on the game to Star Sports.
In the championship match, Sri Lanka made the decision to bat first and then gave India a goal score of 275 runs to reach.
In response, Lasith Malinga had two early strikes, which resulted in the dismissal of both Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag (0). (18).
In spite of this, Gambhir and a younger version of Virat Kohli were able to get India back into the game by contributing 83 runs to the third wicket partnership.
Dhoni joined Gambhir in the middle when Kohli was removed by Tillakaratne Dilshan for 35, which was a surprising move considering that Yuvraj Singh was already there.
After that, Gambhir and Dhoni put up a match-winning partnership. Together, they added 109 runs for the fourth wicket until Gambhir was removed from the game with 97 runs scored.
Yuvraj, who was ultimately awarded the title of “Player of the series,” and Dhoni put together an undefeated stand of 54 runs to get their team across the finish line.
Dhoni delivered the winning blow, a six over long-on, to put an end to the proceedings. He was still not out with the score of 91, while Yuvraj was not out after facing 24 balls.