08 April 2011
We were not under pressure to win the World Cup: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team was not under any pressure to lift the cricket World Cup after 28 years and saw the expectations of the people as a faith in their talent
Sunil Gavaskar feels MS Dhoni's (in pic) team is capable of breaking the home jinx.
"I don't think we felt burdened to win the World Cup since India's last victory in 1983, it was an achievement by our country back then," Dhoni said during the ICC Cricket World Radio Show.
"We were expected to win every game in the event and people knew we were talented to go all the way. It was an opportunity for us to fulfill. The players were in good nick for the whole tournament and although we struggled on occasions, the bowlers did well to defend the modest total."
Sachin Tendulkar, who was also part of the show, said it was satisfying to win the final after losing the final of 2003 edition. The master blaster, with 482 runs, was the second highest run-getter in the tournament.
"As a young boy I started dreaming of winning the World Cup and to have won it now, I am still speechless. It is by far the best moment of my career, I have been dreaming of this moment for 21 odd years and its worth every minute, its been really special," said Tendulkar.
"Its my sixth World Cup and you can well imagine how heartbreaking it was to lose in the semis and in the final in South Africa (in 2003). But one should never give up, continue to work hard and not lose hope. It was my biggest dream and I continued to chase it and it came true," he added.
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