Did Gambhir just blame Dhoni for missing his century in WC 2011 final?
For the first time Gambhir has broken his silence on his 97 (or the ton that could have been). He thinks if it was not for Dhoni, he could have completed his ton.
We all remember the magical night of 2nd April, 2011 right? Indian captain MS Dhoni hitting a humoungous six to win India's second world cup? But do you remember what happened before that? It didn't begin easy for the home-team. Sri Lanka posted a target of 275 runs before India, with Mahela Jayawardene scoring a fantastic hundred. The Men in Blue started their innings on a terrible note with Sehwag and Tendulkar back in the pavilion within 7 overs of the chase.
With the pressure of the world cup final on them, a young Virat Kohli and his Delhi-senior Gautam Gambhir started rebuilding the innings. Gambhir led from the front by never allowing the run-rate to run away from team India. He perhaps played the innings of his lifetime. After partnering with Dhoni for 109 runs, he was ultimately dismissed by Thisara Perera in the 42nd over for 97.
While Dhoni often gets the credit for winning the title with his blistering 79 ball 91*, many experts think that if Gambhir had not steadied the ship after the initial setback, India might never have never the cup. Gambhir's gritty knock provided the paltform for Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh to take the chase forward. With just 3 runs short of a hundred in biggest stage of world cricket, Gambhir is often remembered as the somewhat tragic and underrated hero behind India's victory.
Now for the first time, Gambhir has broken his silence on his 97 or the ton that could have been. In an interview with Lallantop, the now-Member of Parliament has revealed that it was MS Dhoni’s reminder of the upcoming personal milestone, which eventually led to him missing out on his century at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on that special night.
“I have been asked this question many times, on what happened when I was on 97. I tell every youngster and every person that before getting to 97, I never thought about my own individual score but looked at the target set by Sri Lanka,” said Gambhir.
“I remember that when an over was completed, Dhoni and I were at the crease. He told me that ‘these three runs are remaining, get these three runs and your hundred would be completed.”
According to Gambhir, him getting reminded of his milestone made him conscious about it, which resulted in him losing his wicket in the 42nd over.
“Suddenly, when your mind turns to your individual performance, individual score, then, somewhere, you have a rush of blood. Before this moment, my target was only to chase Sri Lanka’s target. If only that target remained in my mind, maybe, I would have easily scored my hundred,” remarked Gambhir.
“That’s why, till I was on 97, I was in the present, but as soon as I thought, I am three runs away from getting a hundred, then that rush of blood caused by the desire to get to a hundred (took over). That’s why it’s so important to remain in the present… when I was walking back to the dressing room after being dismissed, I said to myself that these three runs would trouble me for the rest of my life and that is true. Even to this day, people ask me why I couldn’t get those three runs,” he added, in his usual matter-of-fact manner.