The Indian team lifted the World Cup 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. The youngsters including Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and others gave Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar a lap of honour after winning the final.
India captain Kohli reveals the reason behind the gesture. “My feeling was first of gratitude that we had won the World Cup. I felt absolute joy,” Kohli told teammate Mayank Agarwal in a video chat uploaded by BCCI. “But invariably everyone’s feeling was centred around paaji (Sachin Tendulkar) because we knew this was his last chance to win the World Cup. Whatever he had done for the country for so many years, number of games he has contributed to India’s winning cause.”
Sachin had been a part of the Indian setup since 1992 but the team had never won a World Cup after Tendulkar started playing for the country. They had reached the final in 2003 but lost to Australia in the summit clash.
Kohli is often seen hailing Tendulkar’s ability and talent and how the youngsters like him have always looked up to him for inspiration.
India though had won the World Cup twice (1983 and 2011). Kohli was a part of the 2011 Indian team as well as the lineup that won the 2013 Champions Trophy as well.