MS Dhoni says it was not hitting the six that won the World Cup or indeed lifting the most coveted trophy for India after 28 years that was the most special moment. For the India skipper, it was the team huddle after the historic win that wins hands down.
Speaking to UK daily 'The Telegraph' on the eve of the first anniversary of India's spectacular World Cup win, Dhoni said: "I'd say the team's huddle, after the World Cup was won... It's difficult describing that emotionally-charged moment in words. That will remain most special."
Dhoni said it was nice to match up to the expectations of a billion fans. "We had to meet such high expectations, from a billion-plus people, over a period of 45 days or so... By God's grace, there were no injuries (barring Ashish Nehra's in the semi-final), something I'd been worried about... I knew we had the talent... I had plenty of faith in my players, but the possibility of injuries was always a worrying thought," he said.
Dhoni, who will be joining the Chennai Super Kings camp today for the Indian Premier League, edition 5, that begins tomorrow, said he had no special plans to celebrate the anniversary. India had won the cup on April 2, 2011, beating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. "Nothing special... Monday will be a day of travelling as I'll be off to Chennai to join the Chennai Super Kings' camp... Now, my thoughts are going to be on our IPL 5 campaign, which begins on Wednesday."
Last year, during an interview, Dhoni had confessed that he cried after the win. He revealed how he tried controlling his emotions but broke down at the sight of his teammates in tears.
"It's very difficult to control an emotion like that. I was controlling (myself). I wanted to quickly go up to the dressing room, and I saw two of my players crying and running to me. All of a sudden, I started crying, and I looked up and there was a huddle around me. It just so happened that you don't have footage of it - you just see me coming up and doing that (wipes his eye). And each and every one cried.
Dhoni had talked about the pressure that escalated with every win. "I still remember playing the Australia quarter-final. People thought that was the biggest game when it came to the World Cup. Then it was Pakistan in the semi-final. I remember travelling and people were like, "Win this game and we don't care about the finals." As soon as we won the semi-final, it was like, "You have to win this because it doesn't matter what you've done. If you don't win the final it won't be really nice." So I think there was pressure, which was the ultimate thing," he said.