2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Exactly a decade ago on this day, then Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his trademark six brought India home. The chants of Sachinnn! Sachin!!! had reached a crescendo at the Wankhede Stadium as the ‘team-man’ Sachin Tendulkar was picked up by young Virat Kohli on his shoulder. The two most iconic moments in Indian cricket history are still fresh in fans mind. The 2011 World Cup was passing the baton by the stalwarts like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Co to the younger generation of Kohli and Co. It’s been 10 years to that glorious night, and while some continue to serve the sport, others have hanged their boots and taken up the mentors role instead. InsideSport brings you the 10-year challenge of the world cup winning playing XI and what they are doing now.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Virender Sehwag
Since his World Cup exploit, Sehwag has done many jobs. He has been a mentor to Kings XI Punjab. Besides this he had also applied for the coaching job for the senior team after Anil Kumble stepped down from the post, following India’s 2017 Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan. However, BCCI picked Ravi Shastri over the former Indian opener. Currently he is an expert and commentator with Sony. He has also been part of the India Legend for the recently concluded Road Safety Series.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Sachin Tendulkar
The Little Master had hanged his boots in 2013 after achieving a big milestone of hundred 100s in international cricket. After his world cup winning triumph, he was nominated in Rajya Sabha. Currently, he is a mentor for IPL 2021 defending champions Mumbai Indians and was recently part of the India Legend team.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Gautam Gambhir
People have always talked about Dhoni’s 79-ball 91 but it was Gambhir who had actually set the stage for India. While Kohli and Sehwag departed cheaply, the onus was on Gambhir to give India the needed start. And he took the responsibility bravely. His mature innings of 97 off 122 balls is still one of the most classic innings in World Cup history. Cut to 2021.. he is now a member of Lok Sabha for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2019. Besides this, he is also a cricket commentator and expert for Star Sports.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Virat Kohli
It was a pressure situation for then young Kohli, who walked in after Tendulkar departed for 18. In his words “the immediate feeling that I had was… S**T. I am walking in and he is walking out. And I felt like I am walking into a graveyard. People are so connected to him. They are only reacting to what’s happening to him. Such is the impact he created”. Kohli did try to rub off the pressure but it was too much to handle for the young shoulder. But the story is not the same for 2021 Kohli. The Indian captain has become a run-machine, the chase-master and has helped India reach new heights.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: MS Dhoni
Words will never be enough to describe MS Dhoni. The sheer aura he created is non-describable. Although he has announced his international retirement. He is still active with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Besides, this he has served the territorial army, played a golf tournament and did some farming.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh was adjudged the Man of the Series for his superb display with bat and ball. Currently, the only cricket Yuvi played was for India legend recently and is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Suresh Raina
Raina will be playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2021.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Zaheer Khan
Zaheer was India’s lead bowler for the world cup. He was the joint highest wicket-taker with Shahid Afridi. He chipped 21 wickets in nine games. Zack is now the Director of Cricket for Mumbai Indians. Besides this, he also founded a fitness and sports company, ProSport Fitness & Services.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: S Sreesanth
It has been a roller-coaster ride for Sreesanth, since 2011. He faced ban for match-fixing in 2013, appeared in Big Boss, and marked his return to cricket this year. Besides this, the Kerala bowler has also had a stint in acting.
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Harbhajan Singh
Bhajji has been active in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has played for three different IPL teams. He is currently part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
2011 World Cup 10th anniversary: Munaf Patel
The 37-year-old is currently the bowling coach at Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) and turning out for the Bollywood star Sohail Khan-owned franchise Kandy Tuskers in the LPL 2020