New Delhi: In the final of the 2011 World Cup, India won the ODI World Cup title after 28 years by defeating Sri Lanka. Indian players and fans were extremely happy with this historic win. But Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar says that India would not have won this World Cup if his team had given him an opportunity 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 lost a big chance of winning the World Cup.
Pakistan's team lost to India in the semi-finals in Mohali and Shoaib says 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 made him very sad and he has spoken openly about that decision. Shoaib Akhtar has said that, '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 and we play the final match. I knew India was under tremendous pressure. The whole country and the media was looking towards the team. That's why I believed that we should not have taken the pressure.
Akhtar said that, 'He told me that I am unfit. But I went in and I put in 8 consecutive overs during the warm-up. If I had played the match, whatever the outcome would have been, I would have got Sachin and Sehwag out. The early dismissals of Sachin and Sehwag would have disintegrated India's team. I was very sad. I watched the match for 5-6 hours and saw Pakistan losing in the dugout. I'm not the kind of person who cries, but I'm 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.