Former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni recently drew a distinction between the 2011 ODI World Cup-winning team and the current squad led by Rohit Sharma, which is eager to replicate that success. India last clinched a World Cup title 12 years ago under Dhoni’s captaincy, and he is widely regarded as one of India’s most accomplished cricket leaders. During a recent event, Dhoni pinpointed a key difference between the two teams: the winning mentality driven by the desire to secure the trophy for the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Even though Tendulkar has retired from international cricket, his influence and inspiration continue to motivate the team’s pursuit of victory.
“There’s a big difference between the two teams. That team (2011 World Cup-winning Indian side) was a lot more united. They wanted to win the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar. He commanded a lot of respect from others. I am not sure about this team. Don’t know who all want to win the World Cup for Virat Kohli. But, they want to win for India for sure. This is a big difference,” Dhoni stated.
“It’s a very good team. Bohot accha balance hai team ka. Harlog acha khel rahe hain (The team’s balance is extremely good. All the players are playing well). So everything is looking very good. Isse zyada main kuch nahi bolunga, baaki samajhdaar ko ishara kaafi hai (I won’t say anything more than this. For the wise, the signal is enough),” Dhoni attached. Even though the iconic wicketkeeper batter has announced his retirement from international cricket, he still continues to lead the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
As India remains undefeated in the ongoing World Cup, the legacy of the 2011 victory and the aspiration to win for Tendulkar still resonate strongly within the team. Dhoni, who currently captains the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), recently underwent knee surgery at the beginning of June. Despite his retirement from international cricket, Tendulkar’s aura and the memory of his remarkable career continue to inspire the Men in Blue as they strive to reclaim the World Cup.
He recently guided CSK to their fifth IPL triumph and was expected to announce his retirement as he suffered from a knee injury. He provided an update on his recovery and said, “Knee has survived the operation, going through the rehab phase. The doctor told me you would feel much better by November. But no problem in day-to-day routine.”
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