Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir has once again trained guns at former India captain and veteran player Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In an interview to an online portal, Gambhir revealed how MS Dhoni’s reminder of his upcoming milestone was the reason he missed out on his hitting a century in the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai against Sri Lanka.
Gambhir’s 97-run knock off 122 balls, and his 109-run partnership with MS Dhoni in the 2011 final has played an indelible role for India’s second-ever World Cup victory and has remained etched in the minds of cricket fans. After the 109-run partnership, Gambhir was dismissed by Thisara Perera in the 42nd over of the match for 97.
“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 Gambhir in an interview with Lallantop. “I remember that when an over was completed, I and Dhoni were at the crease. He told me that ‘these three runs are remaining, get these three runs and your hundred would be completed.”