On this week’s 30-minute special ICC Cricket World Radio Show, India captain MS Dhoni and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar reflect on winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 while departing India coach Gary Kirsten talks exclusively about winning the event and leaving his coaching role with the Indian team.
“It was a magnificent occasion and dream come true for me and the Indian people to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. I never pictured winning the World Cup, we said over two years ago we wanted to win the World Cup and until the event happened, and only then, did I think from day to day about how we could go about reaching that goal rather than long term planning for the success,” says Kirsten.
“Every individual I worked with, alongside Paddy Upton and later Eric Simons, we needed to get to know in a meaningful and authentic way and what was required to get the best out of him as a player. We treated each individual differently and then set up a team structure and worked on what we wanted to achieve as a team, we set our goals as a team – it became noticeable how much of a team we really were as time progressed,” adds Kirsten on his stint with the India side.
Finally he says, “I’ve got nothing but gratitude for this country and for this team after my time with them and after winning on the ICC Cricket World Cup.”
Meanwhile India captain MS Dhoni and batsman Sachin Tendulkar reflect on what it means to have won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1983.
Dhoni says, “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. Cricket is a popular sport here, we were expected to win every game in this event and people knew we were talented it was an opportunity for us to fulfill. The players were in good nick for the whole tournament and although we struggled on occasion the bowlers did well and we defended modest totals to win the event.”
Tendulkar adds, “As a young boy I started dreaming of winning the World Cup and to have now won it, I am still speechless. It is by far the best moment of my career, I’ve been dreaming of this moment for 21 odd years and its worth every minute, its been really special.
“Its my sixth World Cup and you can well imagine having played one of them where we lost in the semis and one where we lost in the finals it was really heartbreaking but one should never give up, continue to work hard and not lose hope. My biggest dream was this and I continued to chase it and it came true,” says the Indian batting maestro.
The show can be used in whole or part by radio stations that want free cricket content for editorial use, while the public can also download it straight from the ICC website at http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/media_interactive_zone/podcast.php.
Joining Kirsten, Tendulkar and Dhoni on the show are Player of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh with team-mates Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.
Also in this week’s show Sri Lanka batsman and ICC CWC 2011 finalist Mahela Jayawardena looks back on losing the final to India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 2 April.
“I’d swap my hundred any day for a championship medal, we fought hard but we had to take wickets but we couldn’t seem to get the breakthrough we need. We knew 270 was going to be a difficult total to chase but they batted really well.
“India are worthy world champions, they didn’t start off well but they built momentum, they had an explosive batting line up and they proved themselves in the knock-out stages and did well in the last three games and worthy champions,” says the Sri Lankan.
Apart from these exclusive interviews, the show has the usual round up of cricketing news plus an update of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings ODI cricket.
This show is a 30-minute special ICC CWC 2011 ICC Cricket World audio show and has been put together by the ICC’s global broadcast partner, ESPN STAR Sports.