5 Indian Players Who Played In 2007 T20 World Cup Final As Well As 2011 World Cup Final

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5 Indian Players Who Played In 2007 T20 World Cup Final As Well As 2011 World Cup Final

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5 players who featured in the 2007 T20 World Cup final also were part of the 2011 World Cup final, for the then captain MS Dhoni liked to keep the same group of players and did his best to keep stability in the dressing room when it comes.


Every player dreams of helping his country win a World Cup, be it T20 or ODI World Cup. In a country like India, it is extremely tough to first get a debut and then to make it into the final 15 of the World Cup squad.

India is one of the few nations that have won both the ODI - 1983 and 2011 - and the T20 World Cup - 2007.

And it is no surprise that a number of players who featured in the 2007 T20 World Cup final also were part of the 2011 World Cup final, for the then captain MS Dhoni liked to keep the same group of players and did his best to keep stability in the dressing room when it comes.

Here are the 5 Indian cricketers who played in both the 2007 T20 World Cup final and the 2011 ODI World Cup final:

S. Sreesanth

In the 2007 T20 World Cup final, in Johannesburg, Sreesanth leaked 44 runs in 4 overs, with the wicket of Sohail Tanvir, but got his name etched in history for taking the catch of Pakistan’s final wicket - Misbah-ul-Haq- in the last over, off Joginder Sharma, to give India 5-run win in one of the closest finals ever.

Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 might pit a beastly Sreesanth against Avika Gor, Vikas  Gupta and others - Hindustan Times

He remained a regular part of India’s team across formats till 2011. In the 2011 World Cup, he played in only two matches - the tournament opener vs Bangladesh (0/53 in 5 overs) and then an injury to Ashish Nehra before the final made Dhoni play Sreesanth in the final vs Sri Lanka, where he fared disappointingly, 0/52 in 8 overs. Sreesanth never played an ODI after the final.

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh was India’s premier off-spinner for a long time, including in both these World Cups. He had a bad game vs Pakistan, being smashed for 0/36 in 3 overs - which also meant that Dhoni didn’t call him up to bowl the last over despite his experience and went with Joginder.

Harbhajan Singh Pulling Yuvraj Singh's Leg Will Remind You Of That One BFF  Who Never Spares

But Harbhajan did well in the 2011 final, returning with figures of 1/50 in 10 overs, scalping the wicket of Sri Lanka opener Dilshan, who was looking dangerous having scored 33 runs.

Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir played two of his career’s best knocks in these two finals: 75 off 54 balls vs Pakistan, scoring almost half of India’s total of 157; 97 off 122 vs Sri Lanka, holding the innings after India lost both openers early in the chase of 275.

In Gautam Gambhir's pic with Harbhajan Singh, caption takes the cake

Many of Gambhir’s fans often express frustration that Gambhir wasn’t given the Player of the Match awards in these finals (instead of Irfan Pathan and MS Dhoni) - but Gambhir has always expressed gratitude for winning the World Cups and making a contribution to the team’s victories.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh was India’s MVP and the game-changer in both the World Cups. While Yuvraj didn’t hog the limelight in both the World Cup finals - 14 runs vs Pakistan; 21 and 2/49 vs Sri Lanka - he’d been on fire throughout both the tournaments.

Priceless picture! Man of the Match Yuvraj Singh poses for a selfie with  the Indian Team captain Virat Kohli | PINKVILLA

In 2007 T20 WC, the left-hander smashed 148 runs in 5 innings at an astonishing strike rate of 194, including 6 sixes to Stuart Broad; in 2011 WC, Yuvraj scored 362 runs with the help of 4 fifties and a century, along with picking up 15 wickets and was unequivocally voted Player of the Tournament.

MS Dhoni

See photo: Here's how Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and co celebrated India's T20  win vs SA

MS Dhoni was given a young, inexperienced group of players and he took them to South Africa and marched them to the title in the 2007 T20 World Cup. In the 2011 World Cup, under the immense pressure of playing at home, Dhoni, after he’d had an underwhelming tournament with the bat, delivered on the night of the final: 91 runs off 79 balls and “finished off in style” with a maximum, sending the entire country raptures.