Gautam Gambhir, former Indian cricketer and captain, has sparked a debate by naming the players who he believes should have been given the Player of the Final award in the 2011 World Cup instead of MS Dhoni. Speaking to a leading sports channel, Gambhir said that while Dhoni’s performance in the final was impressive, there were other players who had played equally well throughout the tournament and deserved recognition.
Gambhir named three players who he believed were more deserving of the award – Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Yuvraj Singh. He pointed out that Tendulkar had scored a century in the quarterfinals against Australia, while Kohli had consistently performed well throughout the tournament. Yuvraj, on the other hand, had played a crucial role in India’s success in the middle overs and had also taken key wickets in the final match.
“I think it’s unfair to say that only one player should be given the credit for winning the World Cup,” Gambhir said. “It’s a team sport, and everyone contributes in their own way. While Dhoni’s innings in the final was incredible, we can’t forget the contributions of others.”
Gambhir’s comments have started a conversation among fans and experts alike, with many agreeing that the Player of the Final award should not have been limited to just one player. Some have even suggested that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should consider introducing a new award category for the best all-rounder or top performer of the tournament.
However, not everyone agrees with Gambhir’s views. Many feel that Dhoni’s leadership skills and his ability to finish games under pressure made him the most deserving candidate for the award. They point out that Dhoni had led India to victory in several matches during the tournament, including the final, and that his contribution went beyond just his batting performance.
The debate is likely to continue as fans and experts relive the memories of India’s historic World Cup win. However, what is clear is that the 2011 World Cup will always be remembered as a landmark moment in Indian cricket history, and the performances of players like Tendulkar, Kohli, Yuvraj, and Dhoni will forever be etched in our minds.