What are the 11 heroes who made India the world champion after 28 years doing now? Get to know
Exactly 12 years ago today (April 2), the Indian cricket team won the ODI World Cup after 28 years by defeating Sri Lanka. This feat was achieved by the Indian team under the leadership of 30-year-old MS Dhoni. Many of the players who played in this World Cup have now retired, while some are still playing cricket.
11 players who played in the final of this World Cup What players do now, read-
1. Virender Sehwag – India’s opening batsman Virender Sehwag had a strong start by scoring 175 runs in the first match of the 2011 World Cup. But in the final match of that World Cup, Sehwag was dismissed for zero. After this World Cup, Sehwag played for India for a few years. Later he announced his retirement from cricket in 2016. After that he also worked as a coach in IPL for some time. Currently, he is often seen doing commentary.
2. Sachin Tendulkar – The 2011 World Cup was the last World Cup of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s career. He had performed brilliantly in this World Cup. He was the second highest run-scorer in that World Cup. He scored 482 runs in that World Cup. One year after this World Cup, Sachin retired from ODI cricket. After 1 year he retired from all forms of cricket.
After that, Sachin served as the mentor of the Mumbai Indians team and also as a member of the advisory committee of the BCCI. He recently led the Indian team in the Road Safety World Series.
3. Gautam Gambhir – Gautam Gambhir scored 97 runs in the final match of 2011 World Cup. In this World Cup, Gambhir scored 393 runs while playing in the middle order. He then played for India for 2 years. After 2013, he didn’t get a chance for India, but he was playing in domestic cricket and IPL. He then retired from all forms of cricket at the end of 2018. Currently he is an MP in North Delhi.
4. Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli who was recognized as a young player in the 2011 World Cup. He got off to a good start with an unbeaten 100 while batting alongside Sehwag in the very first match. In the final match as well, he scored 35 runs and formed an important partnership of 83 runs with Gambhir.
After this World Cup, Virat often played big knocks and helped India win big. He was given the captaincy of India’s Test team in December 2014 and India’s limited overs team in January 2017. He quit the captaincy of the Indian team a few months ago and is currently a regular player of the Indian team.
5. Yuvraj Singh – Cricket all-rounder Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Series award in 2011 World Cup. He also took 15 wickets and scored 362 runs in this World Cup. But unfortunately after this World Cup, Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer so he had to stay away from cricket for some time, but he too did not give up and made a comeback after a few months.
He also scored his highest 150 in ODIs in 2017. The 2017 Champions Trophy that followed was his last ICC tournament. Yuvraj retired from international cricket and BCCA cricket in June 2019. After that, he is now playing in various leagues around the world.
6. MS Dhoni – Dhoni led the Indian team in the 2011 World Cup. He played an important knock of 91 not out in the final match. At the same time, he had formed an important partnership of 109 runs with Gambhir. Dhoni also won the Man of the Match award in the final of that World Cup.
Even after this World Cup, Dhoni continued to lead India in ODIs for 6 years. India won many great victories under his leadership. He last played for India in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup. He retired from international cricket in 2020. He also currently plays cricket for the Chennai Super Kings team.
7. Suresh Raina – Although he did not get much chance in the 2011 World Cup group stage, Raina contributed well in the semi-finals and semi-finals. He shared a crucial 74-run partnership with Yuvraj for the 6th wicket in the quarter-final match against Australia, while in the semi-final match against Pakistan, he led a side with an unbeaten 36 and played a vital role in guiding India to 260 runs.
Raina played for India for a few years after this World Cup but was dropped from the team after 2015. He played 3 ODIs in 2018, almost 3 years after 2015. He got a chance to play in 2 of these innings. But after that he was also dropped from the ODI team. He underwent knee surgery during 2019. So he did not play cricket for a long time after IPL 2019. He also retired from international cricket in 2020. But he made a comeback in IPL in 2021. However, no one bought him in the 2022 IPL auction. Currently he is seen doing commentary in IPL.
8. Harbhajan Singh – Spinner Harbhajan Singh also played an important role in the 2011 World Cup. He took 9 wickets in that World Cup, but was dropped from the ODI team after a few months.
After 2011, he got an opportunity in ODIs directly in 2015. But even in that he played 7 ODI matches in 2015. He played his last T20 match for India against UAE on 3 March 2016. After that he did not get another chance in international cricket. But he further played IPL till 2021. He then retired from cricket. Also he is currently seen doing commentary.
9. Zaheer Khan – Zaheer Khan took the most wickets for India in the 2011 World Cup, he took 21 wickets in this World Cup. However, he was subsequently dropped from the team as he continued to battle with injuries. Zaheer has not played ODIs since 2012 due to injuries. Also after 2012 he could play only 3-4 Test matches. Zaheer finally retired in 2015. Zaheer is in the hotel business and is often seen doing commentary.
10. S Sreesanth – In the 2011 final, Sreesanth got a chance to replace the injured Ashish Nehra. 2 years after that World Cup, he was banned for the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case. So he did not play cricket after that. His ban ended on September 2020. During the ban, Sreesanth acted in TV shows as well as films. Along with that he also entered politics. He also played domestic tournaments. He finally announced his retirement from cricket in 2022.
11. Munaf Patel – Munaf Patel took 11 wickets in the 2011 World Cup. After this World Cup, he could only play a few matches. He last played for India against England in Cardiff in September 2011. But after that he continued to play domestic cricket, but due to injuries he retired in November 2018. Currently he lives in his village Ikhar in Gujarat. He was also part of the Indian team in the Road Safety World Series.
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