Indian former cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that now is the high time when the men in blues should win the World Cup tournament. India won the last ICC trophy back in 2013 as Champions Trophy. However, since then India has slipped from the knockout games or in finals.
In the 2019 ODI World Cup, India lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals despite performing brilliant in the group stages and topping the charts.
On 2nd April 2021, India will be completing 10 years of the ICC ODI World Cup 2011. Gambhir was the part of the outfit to win the tournament and played a brilliant 97 runs knock to keep India in the hunt. India won the game and the tournament against Sri Lanka as MS Dhoni hit the six to finish the game.
Gambhir does feel that the game is so close to everyone heart but does not understand why there are so much hype and nostalgia behind it. He said that Team India should now target the next world Cup and make sure to bring that home.
The 39-years old former cricketer further stated that India should move on from that victory. We should be proud of that but India should move on and win the next ICC event on the list.
“It doesn’t feel like yesterday. Not for me at least. It’s been what, 10 years now? I am not a person who looks back too much. Obviously, it’s a proud moment but you know what, it’s time for Indian cricket to move forward. Probably, now it’s time that we win the next World Cup ASAP,” Gambhir told PTI in an interview.
Gambhir reckons that the 2011 World Cup was meant to be ours because it was played in India. The selectors went out to select the team to win the tournament not just to compete.
“In 2011, we didn’t do anything that we weren’t meant to do. When we were picked to play the World Cup, we were supposed to win the World Cup. When we were selected, we didn’t just go out there to compete, we went out there to win. There were no such emotions as far as I was concerned. We didn’t do anything extraordinary, yes we made the country proud, people were happy, it’s time to move on to the next World Cup,” he added.