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Why 2011 ODI WC Final Winning Players Never Played Together for India Again? Harbhajan Singh Responds

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Harbhajan Singh last played an ODI in 2015. (AFP Photo)

Harbhajan Singh was part of the Indian team that defeated Sri Lanka to win the 2011 ODI World Cup in Mumbai

Harbhajan Singh won two world cup titles during his storied international career. The legendary spinner was part of India squads that won 2007 World T20 in South Africa before claiming the 2011 ODI World Cup at home.

In addition to Harbhajan, that ODI WC winning squad comprised some of the legendary players to have played for India including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan among others.

Interestingly, the set of players that won the final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium never played together for India and the reason behind remains a ‘mystery’ for Harbhajan.

“This I don’t know that. They were probably used till the World Cup only and it’s a mystery for me too why that team never played again even for a match, very surprising. I hope, I wish things it could be rectified,” Harbhajan told News24.

“It will be nice if we come together and play. It will be great fun but very unfortunate that the team didn’t assemble again and didn’t play another tournament or even a match,” he added.

Harbhajan, who took 269 wickets in 236 ODIs between 1998 and 2015, admitted that for a few players it was probably their final world cup but others could have played for a longer time.

“It is beyond my understanding that the team was considered good till winning the 2011 World Cup but suddenly so many changes in that team after that. People who were winning games, they were no more good,” he said,

“There were some players in that team for whom it seemed like it was their last World Cup but there were few players who could have played. We could have played more – me, Yuvi, Gautam, several players could have played more. But let’s not talk about it, it’s all gone,” he added.

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