ICC World Cup: Never expected India to beat SA by such a huge margin, says Gavaskar

Perth: Lavishing praise on Team India for defeating South Africa in the cricket World Cup, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar yesterday said he never thought in his wildest dream that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would beat the Proteas by such a huge margin.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar 

Defending champions India crushed South Africa by 130 runs yesterday to notch up their first win against the Proteas in World Cup history. India had lost thrice to South Africa at the World Cup in 1992, 1999 and 2011.

"I never thought it will be such a huge win. I was always confident of India's performance. I kept saying that openers must not hurry things, unfortunately Rohit got run out. After that Virat and Shikhar played themselves in and it was only later after 24 overs they started playing big shot," Gavaskar told NDTV.

"Once they did that I was confident that India will be able to win by may be 30-40 runs. They will be able to restrict them by 270-80. But 160, it was beyond my wildest imagination," he added.

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