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One six didn't win us the World Cup: Gautam Gambhir | Cricket News - Times of India
Gautam Gambhir, top-scorer for India in the 2011 World Cup final with 97, hits the rewind button on the 10th anniversary of the side’s landmark triumph and stresses how teamwork played a crucial role in the tourney
Around a year back, Gautam Gambhir had chided a website for making it appear as if India’s 2011 World Cup win was all about the famous six that skipper MS Dhoni smashed in the final to clinch the tournament.
Exactly a decade after India famously won the 2011 World Cup, Gambhir, who cracked 97 in that final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai, tells GFN why he thinks there were multiple heroes of that triumph, with the main man being Yuvraj Singh, who was named as the ‘Man of the Tournament’ for his all-round exploits.
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It’s been a decade since you guys were rejoicing with the World Cup at Wankhede. Must feel special to look back…
I don’t look back at things because I think it’s time to move forward. Indian cricket can’t keep thinking that we won the World Cup in 2011. I said exactly the same thing that time too. It’s about looking ahead. We did something which we were supposed to achieve. We didn’t do something which we weren’t supposed to do. I mean, people can keep saying a lot of things and keep praising themselves, but I’m not that kind of a person.

A DECADE LATER, THE LEGEND HAS GROWN: Even Kumar Sangakkara (left) can’t help but smile as Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni celebrate after India beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. (GFN Photo)
Last year, you’d tweeted that the triumph wasn’t about one man, but the whole team, after a website termed it as the ‘six that sealed the ‘World Cup.’ Can you elaborate?
Do you think that only one individual won us the World Cup? If one individual could have won the World Cup, then India could have won all the World Cups till now. Unfortunately, in India, it’s only about worshipping certain individuals. I’ve never believed in that. In a team sport, individuals have no place. It’s all about contributions. Can you forget Zaheer Khan’s contribution? His first spell in the final, where he bowled three successive maidens? Can you forget what Yuvraj Singh did against Australia? Or for that matter, Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred against South Africa? Why do we keep remembering about one six? If one six can win you the World Cup, then I think Yuvraj Singh should have won six World Cups for India, because he hit six sixes in an over (against England in 2007 World T20 at Durban). No one talks about Yuvraj. He was the ‘Man of the Tournament’ in the 2007 (officially, Shahid Afridi was) & the 2011 World Cups. And we keep talking about that one six.

Was that 97 in the final the most special knock of your career? India needed that after Sachin and Sehwag got out early. Did it get the kind of attention it deserved…
Firstly, it wasn’t the most memorable knock for me, because every knock of mine, which has helped India win is very memorable for me. Every run which has helped the country is more important. When you say that my 97 hasn’t been talked about, it’s the media which doesn’t speak about it. But the normal individuals, wherever I go, they talk about it. And that’s my biggest achievement. Not the 97 I scored, but when people come up to me and ‘say thank you for the World Cup,’ that’s my biggest achievement. That’s the biggest medal which I’ve won. The media can talk about certain individuals. It doesn’t bother me one bit because I didn’t play for the media.

You got four half-centuries and were in good form.
The guy in best touch was Yuvraj. And it is not about scoring runs. See, people will score runs. It’s about scoring runs at the right moment. When it comes to the knockouts, the crunch situation, and then you deliver, then it’s about your mental toughness. I won’t degrade any opposition, runs are runs, but when you can get the runs in the quarterfinals, semis and the final, that sets you apart. That is what decides what kind of form you are in, because you know that there’s no scope to make a mistake. Therefore, I always say that Yuvraj was in very good touch. I remember that in a league game, against Ireland at Bangalore, we were in a spot of bother, and he won the game. He also got a half-century against England.

Despite being an opener, you played at No 3, allowing Sachin and Sehwag to open. Was it difficult to adjust?
Except in one game, I played at No 3 throughout. For me, it’s not about the number. It’s about having the opportunity of playing in a World Cup final, which not many people have. I’ve always believed that it’s not about what number an individual wants to bat at. It’s about what the team, and the captain and team management want you to bat at. Even if they’d have wanted me to bat at No 6 or 7, I would’ve happily done that. That’s how I look at a team sport. A lot of people have spoken about wanting to bat at certain numbers. I don’t think that there’s any place for that kind of discussion in my dictionary.

How did you guys cope with the pressure of home expectations? Virat kohli & Co play two World Cups – T20 this year and the 50-over WC in 2023, at home.
I can’t talk on behalf of the other individuals. All I can say is that for me, the platform never mattered. For me, all that mattered was the contest between the bat and ball. Had it not been Lasith Malinga, and had it been a Ranji Trophy bowler, and I was playing a Ranji Trophy final, I would have prepared in the same way, because ultimately, it’s not the bowler versus the batsman, it’s the ball versus the bat. I’m not good at doing other things but taking the platform or the occasion out of my mindset is easy for me, because any game that I’ve played, I’ve always played it with the same intensity. All that mattered was that I had to be better in that contest. Whether it was 0 for one, or 0 for two, it didn’t matter to me. Because even if it had been 100-1, I would have gone in with the same mindset of winning the contest.

The build up to this victory perhaps started when India won the CB series in 2008. The team had begun to find a set of match-winners, and was gelling well as a unit…
It’s important that you can have a settled unit eight months before the World Cup. If you keep experimenting, checking on players, you’ll always be very confused, because there’s so much talent in India. There will always be talent in India because of the amount of people, kids who play cricket in India. However, if you keep checking out players, keep giving them opportunities, there’ll always be more competition. The more the competition, the more will be the insecurity. I’m not against giving opportunity to players, but I’m always in favour of giving enough opportunities to players to test them, and then probably test the next one.
You can’t test any player just by giving him two or three games and then another one two-three games, and then you turn around and say: ‘There’s so much competition for places.’ It’s good to have competition for places, but it’s even worse to have insecurity amongst the players. Our squad was pretty settled around eight months before the World Cup, and that is why people could go out and probably express themselves. Most of the guys knew that they would be a part of the World Cup team.

There were a few unsung heroes. Munaf Patel bowled some incisive, economical spells, but didn’t get enough credit for that. Same was the case with Ashish Nehra, who bowled well, especially in the semifinal against Pakistan.
There were 13, or probably 14 unsung heroes of that win! Munaf, I, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, who got a hundred in the first game, Suresh Raina, who played a crucial knock against Pakistan – all these players’ contribution was unbelievable. For that matter, when I look back at it today after 10 years, I feel Yuvraj is an unsung hero as well, despite being the ‘Man of the Tournament.’ You won’t talk about him, but people do talk about that one six for sure.

Yuvraj chipped in as the fifth bowler as well, taking so many wickets with his left-arm spin…
People say that I’m the unsung hero of that victory, but for me, he’s the biggest unsung hero of both the World Cup wins for India. Without his contribution, India wouldn’t have won the 2011 World Cup. For me, he was the biggest player in both the World Cups. I don’t like talking about individuals because in a team sport everyone contributes – who won both the World Cups, it must be Yuvraj and no one else.
Yes, I got a 75 in the 2007 World T20 final and was the highest run-getter of the 2011 final. However, what he did, I don’t think anyone else can.

How did the team cope with the pressure of the semifinal against Pakistan at Mohali?
I don’t think that we played well, but we still managed to win that game! We were probably mediocre! We should have got more runs than the 260-odd we got. We won that much because of Suresh Raina’s innings. But then again, it’s about winning. And that’s why I say that in a World Cup, sometimes you play mediocre cricket and win if you can win those games…perhaps our best game came against Australia in the quarterfinals. It’s not about Pakistan, to be honest. I don’t believe in all that stuff that playing Pakistan is more emotional, or a pressure game. Ultimately, you don’t watch the colour of the jersey. You watch the cricket ball. When you’re playing in a World Cup, whether you’re playing Pakistan or New Zealand, you’ve got to go out there and win.
A lot of players from that team lost their place soon after that triumph. What went wrong from there?
That question can be answered better by the coach, captain and the selectors, because I was neither. Obviously, you feel sad that you could not go on to defend the World Cup. How many people (from the 2011 team) got a chance to defend the World Cup (in 2015)- very few, two or three, I think. It must’ve hurt Yuvraj, Harbhajan, and all of those who were a part of the 2011 team, to not be able to defend the World Cup, but that’s what life is!

Any special anecdote that you remember.
We were playing against the West Indies at Chennai, and we had more than 600-700 bats in our dressing room! I mean, you can imagine having that many bats in the dressing room can be embarrassing! When we counted how many bats every individual has, we found that even the bowlers had 10 bats in their kit bags! That was the number of bats we were getting from all the companies, which was a bit of a surprise! Since we were not allowed to go back home throughout the tournament, we kept getting bats from all the companies.
Coach Gary Kirsten‘s calming influence would’ve helped…
He was a very good man manager. He worked hard, threw a lot of balls (at the batsmen). See ultimately, in international sport, it’s all about being a good man manager. You don’t need to teach someone technical stuff, unless there’s a massive problem. If he can be hard-working, gel with the group well, that’s all that’s required. He had both these qualities – being a good man-manager, and was hard-working.
Do you think that Kohli & co will emulate your bunch later this year, and/or in 2023, when the T20 and the 50 over World Cups are held in India?
See, I’m not an astrologer, but I hope they do, because very few people get the opportunity to play in a World Cup for their country. A lot of things change between one World Cup and the other one. These players would be very fortunate that they’d be playing three World Cups in a row. They’ll have a great opportunity to perhaps do something special for the country, and I hope they do, because ultimately, when you do something good for your country, it always stays in your memory forever.
HOW INDIA WON THE 2011 WORLD CUP: A REVIEW
MATCH 1: February 19: Dhaka: India 370/4 bt Bangladesh 283/9 by 87 runs.
MATCH 2: February 27: Bengaluru: India 338 tied with England 338/8.
MATCH 3: March 6: Bengaluru: India 210/5 bt Ireland 207 by five wickets.
MATCH 4: March 9: Delhi: India 191/5 bt Netherlands 189 by 5 wickets.
MATCH 5: March 12: Nagpur: India 296 lost to SA 300/7 by 3 wickets.
MATCH 6: March 20: Chennai: India 268 by West Indies 188 by 80 runs.
MATCH 7: March 24: QF: Ahmedabad: India 261/5 bt Australia 260/6 by 5 wickets. MoM: Yuvraj Singh
MATCH 8: March 30: SF: Mohali: India 260/9 bt Pakistan 231 by 29 runs. MoM: S Tendulkar
MATCH 9: APRIL 2: Final: Mumbai: India 277/4 bt SL 274/6 by six wickets. MoM: MS Dhoni

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Vermont Health Connect has set up a special enrollment period in response to the coronavirus outbreak. VHC photo

In mid-December, a Vermont Health Connect user was logging in when the names of two strangers popped up in the newly created account.

The individual, who was trying to sign up for health insurance, deleted the information that had suddenly appeared.

“It was super unsettling to think that someone is filing in my account with my information,” the person, whose name is redacted in records, wrote in a complaint to the Department of Vermont Health Access. “Just seems like the whole thing needs a big overhaul.”

It was one of 10 instances between November and February when Vermont Health Connect users reported logging to find someone else’s information on their account.

The data breaches included names of other applicants and, in some cases, their children’s names, birth dates, citizenship information, annual income, health care plans, and once, the last four digits of a Social Security number, according to nearly 900 pages of public records obtained by VTDigger. On Dec. 22, the department’s staff shut down the site to try to diagnose the problem.

While officials say the glitches have been resolved, it’s the most recent mishap for a system that has historically been plagued by security and technical issues. The breaches could be even more widespread: Administrators of Vermont Health Connect can’t tell if other, similar breaches went unreported.

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” said Jon Rajewski, a managing director at the cybersecurity response company Stroz Friedberg. Regardless of whether there are legal ramifications for the incidents, they should be taken “very seriously,” he said.

“If my data was being stored on a website that was personal, — maybe it contains names or my Social Security number, like my status of insurance… — I would expect that website to secure it and keep it safe,” he said.

“I wouldn’t want someone else to access my personal information.”

Andrea De La Bruere, executive director of the Agency of Human Services, called the data breaches “unfortunate.” But she downplayed the severity of the issues. Between November and December, 75,000 people visited the Vermont Health Connect website for a total of 330,000 page views, she said. The 10 incidents? “It’s a very uncommon thing to have happen,” she said.

De La Bruere said the issue was fixed on Feb. 17, and users had reported no similar problems since. The information that was shared was not protected health information, she added, and the breaches didn’t violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

“No matter what the law says technically, whether it’s HIPAA-related or just one’s personal information, it’s really concerning,” said Health Care Advocate Mike Fisher.

The timing of the issue is less than ideal, he added. Thousands of Vermonters will be logging into Vermont Health Connect in the coming weeks to take advantage of discounts granted by the American Rescue Plan. “It’s super important that people can access the system, and that it’s safe and secure,” Fisher said.

A ‘major issue

The issues first arose on Nov, 12, when at least two Vermonters logged in and found information about another user, according to records obtained by VTDigger.

Department of Vermont Health Access workers flagged it as a “major issue” for their boss, Kristine Fortier, a business application support specialist for the department.

Similar incidents also occurred on Nov. 17 and 18, and later on multiple days in December.

Department of Vermont Health Access staff members appeared alarmed at the issues, and IT staff escalated the tickets to “URGENT.”

“YIKES,” wrote a staff member Brittney Richardson. While the people affected were notified, the data breaches were never made public.

State workers pressed OptumInsights, a national health care tech company that hosts and manages Vermont Health Connect, for answers. The state has contracted with the company since 2014. It has paid about $11 million a year for the past four years for maintenance and operations, with more added in “discretionary funds.”

Optum appeared unable to figure out the glitch. “It is hard to find root cause of issue,” wrote Yogi Singh, service delivery manager for Optum on Dec. 10. Optum representatives referred comments on the issues to the state.

By Dec. 14, Grant Steffens, IT manager for the department, raised the alarm. “I’m concerned on the growing number of these reports,” he wrote in an email to Optum.

The company halted the creation of new accounts on Dec, 14, and shut down the site entirely on Dec, 22 to install a temporary fix. “It’s a very complex interplay of many many pieces of software on the back end,” said Darin Prail, agency director of digital services. The complexity made it challenging to identify the problem, and to fix it without introducing any new issues, he said.

In spite of the fixes, a caller reported a similar incident on Jan. 13.

On Feb. 8, a mother logged in to find that she could see her daughter’s information. When she logged into her daughter’s account, the insurance information had been replaced by her own.

“Very weird,” the mother wrote in an emailed complaint.

Optum completed a permanent fix on Feb. 17, according to Prail. Vermont Health Connect has not had a problem since, he said.

Prail said the state had reported the issues to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services as required, and had undergone a regular audit in February that had no findings. The state “persistently pressured Optum to determine the root cause and correct the issue expeditiously but at the same time, cautiously, so as to not introduce additional issues/problems,” he wrote in an email to VTDigger.

“We take reported issues like this very seriously,” he said.

A history of glitches

The state’s health exchange has been replete with problems, including significant security issues and privacy violations, since it was built in 2012 at a cost of $200 million.

The state fired its first contractor, CGI Technology Systems, in 2014. A subcontractor, Exeter, went out of business in 2015. Optum took over for CGI, and continued to provide maintenance and tech support for the system.

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Don Turner, right, then the House minority leader, speaks in 2016 about the need to fix the state’s glitch-ridden Vermont Health Connect website. With him are Phil Scott, left, then the lieutenant governor, and Sen. Joe Benning. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

In 2018, when Vermont Health Connect was less than 6 years old, a report dubbed the exchange outdated and “obsolete.”

Officials reported similar privacy breaches in 2013, when Vermonters saw other people’s information.

An auditor’s report in 2016 found a slew of cybersecurity flaws, and officials raised concerns again during a  2018 email breach.

It wasn’t the first time that Vermont Health Connect users had been able to view other people’s personal information. Three times since October 2019, individuals had logged in to see another individual’s insurance documents. Prail attributed those incidents to human error, not to system glitch; a staff member uploaded documents to the wrong site, he said.

In spite of the issues, Prail said he and other state officials have been happy with Optum. After years of technical challenges with Vermont Health Connect, “Optum has really picked up the ball and improved it and been running it pretty well,” he said.

Glitches are inevitable, he added, and Optum has addressed them quickly. “They took a really difficult-to-manage site and made it work pretty well,” he said. “Optum is generally quite responsive to any issues we have.”

“I find any privacy breach to be concerning,” said Scott Carbee, chief information security officer for the state. He noted that the state uses “hundreds of software systems.” “While the scope of the breaches can be mitigated, true prevention is a difficult task,” he wrote in an email to VTDigger.

Optum spokesperson Gwen Moore Holliday referred comments to the state, but said the company was “honored” to work with Vermont Health Connect “to support the health care needs of Vermont residents.”

Prail said the Agency of Human Services had no plans to halt its contract with the company. “I don’t have a complaint about Optum,” he said. “They took a really difficult-to-manage site and made it work pretty well.”

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Katie Jickling covers health care for VTDigger. She previously reported on Burlington city politics for Seven Days. She has freelanced and interned for half a dozen news organizations, including Vermont Public Radio, the Valley News, Northern Woodlands, Eating Well magazine and the Herald of Randolph. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and a native of Brookfield.