The 2011 ICC World Cup was a marketing campaign that can stay etched within the reminiscence of each the Indian cricket followers and the gamers who have been concerned in it. India below MS Dhoni’s captaincy have been one of many outright favourites for the title however earlier than that match no host nation had ever gained the trophy, other than Sri Lanka in 1996, who had co-hosted the match and performed all of their knock-out video games away from residence.
The stress was on the house group from the phrase go and it grew to become extra intense as soon as the knock-out levels began. One man who got here into his personal within the knock-out part was middle-order batsman Suresh Raina.
Raina’s availability within the quantity 7 spot was an enormous bonus for the group as he offered an attacking batting choice late within the order. The southpaw performed an important position in India’s quarter closing chase of 261 runs in opposition to three-time defending champions Australia, as he chipped in with a well timed unbeaten 32 off simply 28 deliveries to ease the stress of a tough run chase.
However his largest contribution of the match got here within the semi-final at Mohali, in opposition to arch-rivals Pakistan. Sachin Tendulkar’s 85-run knock on the high of the order gave India a very good begin however Pakistan fought again by selecting up wickets at common intervals to gradual the run-rate down. At one level it appeared like India wouldn’t even submit 250 on the board as Wahab Riaz blasted by way of India’s middle-order.
However Raina confirmed nice maturity as he batted with the tail and scored a valuable unbeaten 36 to propel the rating to 260. It was ultimately sufficient as India beat Pakistan by 29 runs to achieve the ultimate. Talking to sports activities broadcaster Star Sports activities on the present ‘Cricket Related’, Raina just lately referred to that match as his most memorable second of the 2011 marketing campaign.
“I feel the match in opposition to Pakistan in 2011 World Cup is essentially the most memorable one. India needed to win the semi-final as the sport was essential for each groups. Pakistan was on high of the pool, as they performed a variety of matches in Sri Lanka.
“Undoubtedly, I might say 2011 (was most memorable). After that, our group acquired stronger and we by no means misplaced in opposition to them within the World Cup. 2011 World Cup was crucial as a result of we have been enjoying the match on our residence soil and we had stress to play another recreation within the closing,” Raina mentioned.
Raina additionally spoke concerning the stress that comes with enjoying in opposition to Pakistan.
“The feelings have been totally different however, all of us managed to remain calm. While you’re enjoying in opposition to Pakistan, you be sure to give your greatest. It’s essential give it again to your group; it’s worthwhile to work onerous in your intention, planning, and each different factor. We labored onerous, and the entire group did properly,” he added
India would go on to carry the trophy in Mumbai after beating Sri Lanka within the closing.
Raina introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket on fifteenth August 2020, moments after former India captain MS Dhoni bid goodbye to his worldwide profession.
Raina has represented India in 18 Checks, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is. He was the primary Indian to attain a century throughout all three codecs of worldwide cricket.