Suresh Raina credits Sachin Tendulkar for India’s 2011 World Cup win
History was made when MS Dhoni smoked that famous six in the final of the 2011 ICC World Cup against Sri Lanka at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. Ending their 28-year drought, India led by legendary Dhoni were crowned world champions for the second time in their rich 50-over cricket history. The epoch-making win over the Islanders in the summit clash of the 2011 spectacle is also fondly remembered by the cricket-loving nation as Sachin Tendulkar’s swansong at the grandest stages of them all.
Reminiscing the historic moment, Team India batsman Suresh Raina recalled how Tendulkar made everyone believe that co-hosts India can go all the way to the final and lift the famous trophy for the second time in their own backyard. Raina, who has been part of India’s golden generation during his prime also played an instrumental role in the 2011 World Cup.
‘With Sachin, it’s always about his calmness’
Speaking to Khaleej Times in an interview, Raina credited The Little Master for India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup and said that Tendulkar was like a second coach to the then Dhoni-led side. “With Sachin, it’s always about his calmness. It was because of Sachin that we won the World Cup. He was the guy who made everyone in the team believe that we can do that, He was like the second coach in the team,” Raina was quoted as saying.
Tendulkar scored 482 runs at an average of 53.55 and smashed two memorable tons in the 2011 edition. The Master Blaster not only finished the tournament with the famous trophy, but he was also India’s leading run-getter in the tournament. In a career spanning over two decades, Tendulkar managed to don the famous Team India jersey in six different ICC Cricket World Cups from 1992 to 2011. Tendulkar scored 673 runs in 2003 edition for India which remains a record for most runs scored in a single World Cup till date.
Courtesy : Times Now