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Gambhir blames Dhoni for his dismissal at 97 in 2011 World Cup final

Undoubtedly, 2011 World Cup is super special for all the Indian fans, and the final where Dhoni finished off in style holds a special place in our heart.

Talking about the final, Gautham Gambhir played a major role by scoring 97 in the match which laid the platform for the Indians.

Talking about his mindset when he was batting at 97, Gambhir revealed that it was the reminder of Dhoni that let him down that day.

“I have been asked this question many times, as to what happened when I was on 97. I tell everyone that before getting to 97, I never thought about my individual score, but only looked at the target set by Sri Lanka. I remember that after the completion of one over, Dhoni told me that ‘three runs are remaining, get these three runs and your hundred would be completed’,” he said.

“When your mind suddenly turns to your individual performance, individual score, then somewhere you have a rush of blood. Before that moment, my target was only to chase Sri Lanka’s target. If only that target remained in my mind, maybe, I would have easily scored my hundred,” said Gambhir, who was bowled by Thisara Perera for 97 while attempting a slog.

“Till I was on 97, I was in the present. But as soon as I thought that I am just three runs away from getting a hundred, the rush of blood caused by the desire to get to a hundred took over. That’s why it’s important to remain in the present… When I was walking back to the dressing room after being dismissed, I said to myself that these three runs would trouble me for the rest of my life and that is true. Even to this day, people ask me why I couldn’t get those three runs,” Gambhir said.

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