Huddle after WC win, my most special moment: Dhoni

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Published: Monday, April 2, 2012, 16:36 [IST]
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Dhoni reveals his most special WC moment

New Delhi, Apr 2: Celebrating the first anniversary of World Cup win, India skipper MS Dhoni has revealed that its not the six which won the prestigious Cup, but the huddle after the historic moment as his most special World Cup moment.

I'd say the team's huddle, after the World Cup was won... It's difficult describing that emotionally-charged moment in words. That will remain most special," Dhoni told a UK Daily 'The Telegraph', on the eve of the first anniversary of India's spectacular World Cup win.

He feels great to have fulfilled the expectations of a billion fans and won the World Cup after 28 years.

"We had to meet such high expectations, from a billion-plus people, over a period of 45 days or so... By God's grace, there were no injuries (barring Ashish Nehra's in the semi-final), something I'd been worried about... I knew we had the talent... I had plenty of faith in my players, but the possibility of injuries was always a worrying thought," he said.

When asked if he had plans to celebrate it, he said there were no plans as he was joining the Indian Premier League's Chennai Super Kings ahead of the domestic T20 tournament which is scheduled to start on April 4, 2012 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

"Nothing special... Monday will be a day of travelling as I'll be off to Chennai to join the Chennai Super Kings' camp... Now, my thoughts are going to be on our IPL 5 campaign, which begins on Wednesday."

During an interview a couple of months earlier, Dhoni had revealed that he had cried after the historic win and how he tried to control his emotions but broke down at the sight of his team mates.

"It's very difficult to control an emotion like that. I was controlling (myself). I wanted to quickly go up to the dressing room, and I saw two of my players crying and running to me. All of a sudden, I started crying, and I looked up and there was a huddle around me. It just so happened that you don't have footage of it - you just see me coming up and doing that (wipes his eye). And each and every one cried.

Down the memory lane, cherishing the historic moment and reliving them, Dhoni also spoke about the pressure that escalated with every win which reached the ultimate level.

"I still remember playing the Australia quarter-final. People thought that was the biggest game when it came to the World Cup. Then it was Pakistan in the semi-final. I remember travelling and people were like, "Win this game and we don't care about the finals." As soon as we won the semi-final, it was like, "You have to win this because it doesn't matter what you've done. If you don't win the final it won't be really nice." So I think there was pressure, which was the ultimate thing," he said.


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