2nd April will always be a red-letter day for Indian cricket fans.
Indian Twitter users on Tuesday went into a major nostalgia trip recalling the memorable day 8 years back when India lifted the cricket world cup after a gap of 28 years. It was MS Dhoni and his band of boys who completed a tricky chase against a spirited Sri Lankan side at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai to give 1.25 crores Indians a sense of collective victory.
Who can forget Ravi Shastri's booming baritone as MS Dhoni completed the last rites slamming a huge six to reach Sri Lanka's total.
While the end was smooth, India encountered a major roadblock at the start of their innings when in-form Sachin and Sehwag were dismissed cheaply. The ghosts of many failed chases in the past were clouding the minds of Indian supporters. But thanks to brilliant hand played by Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni, India finally managed to win comfortably.
Eight years down the line, the team composition has changed significantly but alonsgside captain Kohli, MS Dhoni remains an integral part of the squad. So, many Twitterati posted hoping for an encore from MS Dhoni in this world Cup. The ICC cricket world cup is slated to start in couple of months and India is one of the favourites to lift the cup. Many believe it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni's swansong and what better way will be to bid adieu to international cricket than lifting the World Cup. Thus that was the common appeal from all cricket fans, who want history to be repeated and Dhoni to get a fairytale farewell.
Here are some of the tweets describing emotions of that day and what the fans hope for in the coming World Cup.
2nd April 2011:— Mohit Singh (@im_ms_) April 2, 2019
When Sachin got out I went into a state of shock. Went to my room, cried for an whole hour. Then my dad came, smiled said "Lagta hai Aaj tera Dhoni jeetaega". I swear that was the fastest run between two rooms in the history of mankind. #WorldCup2011 pic.twitter.com/fJkvspnhHJ
This day 2011world cup..125crore peoples dream comes true...the one man never forget... yuvaraj singh..played cancer attack... all round performance bat bowling field ...3man of the match man of the tournament ...main reason india win the world cup #WorldCup2011 pic.twitter.com/LeENyBM9wL— Santhosh yuvi (@Santhoshyuvi6) April 2, 2019
Whn sehwag & sachin was dismissed,whole stadium was stuffed— Sushree Ronali #GGUnbeaten (@SushreeRonali) April 2, 2019
Thn he came, he conquer & he decided d feat.
He's bowled in 97, didn't make a's but widout dis innings its impossible 4 india 2 lift d #WorldCup2011
Dis is wht we called d dive tht defined @GautamGambhir D LEGEND pic.twitter.com/7KfasDq2U4