Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag recalled team India’s confidence to win the trophy after defeating Australia in ODI World Cup 2011. India, who won the ODI World Cup 2011 title after defeating Sri Lanka in the final, defeated Australia in the quarter-finals of that tournament.
During ODI World Cup 2011, India faced Australia in the quarter-final after the group stage. India defeated Australia by 5 wickets and made their way to the semi-finals. In the semis, India defeated Pakistan. Facing Sri Lanka in the final, India defeated them by 6 wickets to clinch the trophy.
When Sri Lanka Reached The Final In ODI WC 2011, We Were Sure Of Winning: Virender Sehwag
While speaking to Cricbuzz ahead of Pakistan vs Australia semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Virender Sehwag revealed how India were sure of winning the final against Sri Lanka during ODI World Cup 2011.
“When we used to have a chat in the Indian camp, we were talking about how we can defeat Pakistan and Sri Lanka. When Sri Lanka reached the final, we were sure of winning because when Gary Kirsten was the coach, we played many matches against Sri Lanka and recorded many wins. We had a clear mindset that we will win the World Cup, we just had to play to our potential on the big day,” Virender Sehwag said.
Virender Sehwag also revealed that after India defeated Australia in the quarter-final of the tournament, they were quite confident of winning the title as Pakistan and Sri Lanka were not stronger than the Australian team at that time.
“See when we defeated Australia in the 50-over World Cup, we knew that neither Pakistan nor Sri Lanka are stronger than them. If we can defeat them, we can defeat the other two as well. We knew we could win the World Cup. So that was our mindset after the win against Australia,” Sehwag further said.
India won the ODI World Cup 2011 trophy under the captainship of MS Dhoni. Meanwhile, Australia defeated Pakistan in the semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 by 5 wickets. Australia chased down the 177-run target set by Pakistan in 19 overs. Now, Australia will face New Zealand in the final.