Mumbai, April 6: No one has savoured India's World Cup triumph more than the teams oldest surviving veteran Sachin Tendulkar. Speaking to a leading news channel, he relived his finest memories of the 2011 World Cup which MS Dhoni's team clinched on the momentous night of April 2, 2011, here.
Tendulkar was nervous towards the end of the match and at the moment of victory, it was a huge relief when all the players reacted ecstatically. "The moment the winning runs were scored, I jumped. Viru (Sehwag) who was next to me, jumped too. We were sitting in the dressing room and praying," said Sachin
There were many unforgettable moments in the celebrations, but Sachin was quick to single out one. "When we got the trophy in our hands and the popping of champagne. Also, when the team lifted me with the tri-colour in my hand, that was the ultimate feeling."
Sachin had many innings to savour. He scored 120 against England and 111 against South Africa, but his 85 against Pakistan is his most cherished. "I was batting really well against South Africa,"observed Sachin. "But in terms of importance, it's got to be the one against Pakistan."
Mahendra Sinjgh Dhoni has been hailed for his shrewd captaincy and Sachin was quick to point an instance which was exemplary of that. "We set a 6-3 field against Pakistan at Mohali. Their opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez tried to play a sweep shot off Munaf Patel and got caught behind. I thought that was the turning point of the match".
Fianlly, Tendulkar relieved the catch which meant the most to him in the whole tournament. "The one Viru caught off Shahid Afridi. The match was very much alive then because Misbah and Afridi were batting and we needed two-three big overs at that stage, so that was an important catch; an easy one but important."