In 2011, Team India won the world cup after 28 years by beating Sri Lanka in the finals. In the finals, Gautam Gambhir played a crucial knock that can help India to win the world cup. Gautam Gambhir scored 97 runs in this match and missed his well-deserved century by just 3 runs. After 8 years, Gautam Gambhir reveals how MS Dhoni’s advice cost him to miss his century in the World Cup 2011 final.
“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 Gautam Gambhir in an interview with Lallantop.
“I remember that after the completion of one over, Dhoni told me that ‘three runs are remaining, get these three runs and your hundred would be completed’,” he said.
“When your mind suddenly turns to your individual performance, individual score, then somewhere you have a rush of blood. Before that 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,” said Gambhir.
“Till I was on 97, I was in the present. But as soon as I thought that I am just three runs away from getting a hundred, the rush of blood caused by the desire to get to a hundred took over.
“That’s why it’s 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,” Gambhir said.