Gautam Gambhir Reveals What “Some Seniors” Said About 1983 World Cup Heroes During 2011 World Cup Campaign

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The 2011 World Cup victory was a momentous event for Indian cricket. After winning the World Cup in 1983, it was the first time that the Indian cricket team won the 50-person ICC tournament. Gautam Gambhir played an important role in that victory. He was the second highest scorer for India at the 2011 World Cup with a total of 393 runs in nine matches. He scored four over fifty scores, with his highest – 97 – in the final against Sri Lanka. Gambhir scored the highest score for MS Dhoni-led India in the final, helping the team chase a 275-run goal in 48.2 overs.

Gambhir has now revealed that in the run-up to India’s semi-final against Pakistan, few senior players told him to “cut the 1983 conversation away”. The players referred to the exploits of Kapil Dev-led Team India at the 1983 World Cup.

“Two or three senior players came up to me and said, ‘We have to win this tournament because we have to take the 1983 conversation away. We have to finish their case,'” Gambhir said in an interaction with The Indian Express.

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“I said I didn’t come here to kill anyone. I didn’t come here to shorten someone’s line. I want to win this to extend our line. If the media gives them jobs from 1983 to 2011, that’s the media’s problem, not ours. We have to win the World Cup because we want this country to be happy. That has to change in the future.”

After retiring from international cricket in December 2018, Gambhir entered politics and is a Lok Sabha MP. He is also part of the support staff of Lucknow Supergiants in the Indian Premier League.

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