New Delhi: Some moments in cricket history seems frozen in the annals of time and MS Dhoni‘s 2011 World Cup final match winning six against Sri Lanka at Wankhede is one of them. Now, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) announced that they will be putting the two seats where the ball had landed, on auction.
‘Dhoni finishes off in style… To eternalize the glory of this moment, the two seats where the ball landed at the Wankhede Stadium after MS Dhoni struck the ICC World Cup 2011 winning six will be auctioned by the MCA,” the MCA tweeted on Thursday.
In the match, after Sri Lanka posted a total of 274 for 6 in the allotted 50 overs, India were placed 114 for 3 when Dhoni joined Gautam Gambhir in the tense chase. The skipper played an unbeaten knock of 91 runs to guide India home, which included that iconic six. Dhoni was first involved in a 109-run partnership with Gambhir for the fourth wicket before stitching an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 54 runs with Yuvraj Singh.
‘Dhoni finishes off in style…” ️
Earlier this year, Dhoni had also talked about the six-hitting moment saying, “To me, it was not the winning moment, it was 15-20 minutes ago when emotionally I was very high. And at the same time, I wanted to get done with it. We knew that we would win this from here, and it was very difficult for us to lose. So yes, you know it was more of a sense of satisfaction, job done, let’s move on from here.”
It was India’s first World Cup win in 28 years after the 1983 triumph and Dhoni had also shared an emotionally high moment from the tense final.
“The best feeling was 15-20 minutes (before the winning moment). We didn’t need a lot of runs, the partnership was well-placed, there was a lot of dew. And the stadium started to sing Vande Mataram. That atmosphere I feel is very difficult to recreate – maybe in this [upcoming 2023] World Cup, there is a similar scenario, once the stadium, the fans start contributing. You know, it’s a very difficult (atmosphere) one to replicate. But it can only be replicated if the occasion is similar to that (in 2011) and there are like 40, 50 or 60,000 people who are singing,” he had said earlier this year.