Sachin Tendulkar’s century against South Africa was in vain.
With master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar celebrating his 95th century, it was the last time he had passed the 100 win mark at the top level. Speaking of his last five centuries for India, all of them have been tied, lost or drawn.
However, the fallout from one of those five centuries has enraged not only Tendulkar but the Indian cricket team.
As a result, Tendulkar had no choice but to share a mandatory non-negotiable directive to ensure the safety of his teammates during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The match in which he celebrated his penultimate century in international cricket drew much criticism against the team.
First defeated in their group stage match by South Africa in Nagpur, India could not convert a fast start into a winning streak.
A total of 296 out of 48.4 runs was made possible mainly by an outstanding century by topping Tendulkar. The legendary right-hander scored 111 (101) with the help of eight fourth rounds and three sixth rounds.
However, the Proteas chased down the score with 3 goals and 2 extra balls in the match.
After facing their first World Cup defeat on home soil, India’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals have not diminished. Although the home team still tops the table with 7 points after 5 matches, the loss is too much for fans to accept.
Unfortunately, known as ‘The Chokers’ for their performance in ICC tournaments over the years, South Africa took a beating to the host team which was not well received by some of the Indian media.
During an interaction with Radio City India a month ago, the former Indian striker and member of the 2011 World Cup winning team, Suresh Raina revealed how upset Tendulkar was with the publication’s article, sometime after the fiasco.
As a result, during a team meeting, Tendulkar orders the team members not to read the newspaper until the tournament is over. In fact, players are not even allowed to watch the news channels on TV.
“We held a meeting and Sachin [Tendulkar] ordered each of us from now on not to find anyone with diaries in his room. There were no newspapers in any of our rooms. There was no social media at that time and we were even forbidden to watch news channels.
Although the article that angered Tendulkar was not revealed by Raina, he added that the team had come together with a much stronger league and was eager to prove their strength to the world.
Indeed, the revival of a new passion could not have come at a better time. Before losing to South Africa, their match against England ended in a stalemate.
It is therefore important for a team to reach the knockout round with a victory of its own. What happened after India lost to South Africa in the 2011 World Cup?
India went on to beat the West Indies by 80 runs in the final match of the group stage in Chennai. With four wins in six matches, they are second in the B points table.
With Australia finishing third in Group A, they will face India in the second quarter-final in Ahmedabad. Chasing a target of 261, India won by five strokes.
Then nothing stopped the team led by MS Dhoni as they beat rivals Pakistan (by 29 points in Mohali) in the semi-finals and then Sri Lanka (6 points in Mumbai) in the final. .
The entire country went wild in celebration for days after India lifted the World Cup trophy after 28 years.
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