India won the ODI World Cup title after 28 years by defeating Sri Lanka in the final of the 2011 World Cup. Indian players and fans were very happy with this historic win. But Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar believes that India would not have won this World Cup had his team given him a chance to play against India in the semi-finals. The MS Dhoni-led Men in Blue lifted the trophy in front of their home crowd. But despite traveling to the semi-finals, Pakistan had missed a big chance of winning the World Cup. Pakistan’s team lost to India in the semi-finals in Mohali and Shoaib believes that the defeat still stings him.
Despite being the team’s experienced bowler, Shoaib Akhtar was declared unfit ahead of the semi-final in Mohali, which also left him very sad and he has spoken openly about that decision.
Shoaib Akhtar said, “The memory of Mohali still haunts me. That 2011 World Cup semi-final. They should have fed me, they should have done it. This was completely wrong on the part of the team management. I knew I had only two matches left and it was my wish to have Pakistan flag high at the Wankhede in the Wankhede and we play the final. I knew India was under tremendous pressure. The whole country and the media was looking up to the team. That’s why I believed we shouldn’t have taken the pressure.”
He further said, “He told me that I am unfit. But I went in and I put in 8 consecutive overs during the warm-up. Had I played the match, whatever the result would have been, I would have got Sachin and Sehwag out. The early dismissal of Sachin and Sehwag would have piled up India’s team. I was very sad. I watched the match for 5-6 hours and saw Pakistan losing by dugout. I am not the kind of person who cries but I am the kind of person who breaks things. And I broke some things in the dressing room because I was so sad, disappointed and furious and so was the whole country. I knew only the first 10 overs mattered.”