Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has revealed that India were convinced to beat Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup final in 2011 and the reason for their positive thinking was that they came over the dominant Australia in the quarterfinals.

Speaking to Cricbuzz ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final match between Australia and Pakistan, the former India opener recalled how India entered the 2011 World Cup final with a winning attitude.

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“When we used to have a talk in the Indian camp, we talked about how we can defeat Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

“When Sri Lanka reached the final, we were sure to win, because when Gary Kirsten was the coach, we played many matches against Sri Lanka and recorded many victories. We had a clear mindset that we want to win the World Cup, we just had to play to our potential on the big day, ”he added.

Sri Lanka had advanced to the World Cup final in 2011 after defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals. India followed the island nation by beating Pakistan in the second semi-final of the tournament.

The final was held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets, with the iconic winning shot coming from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“Look, when we defeated Australia in the 50-over World Cup, we knew that neither Pakistan nor Sri Lanka are stronger than them. If we can defeat them, we can also defeat the other two. We knew we could win the World Cup. “So that was our thinking after the victory against Australia,” concluded Sehwag.

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India became the first team in 2011 to win the World Cup with 50 over at their home ground. Dhoni was awarded man of the match for his 91 out of 79, while Yuvraj Singh was honored with the tournament player. He scored 362 runs and got 15 wickets in the 2011 ICC event.

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