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India v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2011, final, Mumbai

Dhoni and Gambhir lead India to World Cup glory

The Report by Andrew Miller

April 2, 2011

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India 277 for 4 (Gambhir 97, Dhoni 91*) beat Sri Lanka 274 for 6 (Jayawardene 103*, Sangakkara 48) by six wickets
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MS Dhoni slaps one through the off side, India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, April 2, 2011
MS Dhoni played a masterful captain's innings to steer his side to World Cup success © Associated Press
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Twenty-eight years on from the match that transformed the history of world cricket, India recaptured the crown that Kapil Dev and his men first lifted at Lord's in 1983, and this time they did so in their very own back yard. An iron-willed 97 from Gautam Gambhir was matched for intensity by the finest captain's innings since Ricky Ponting in Johannesburg eight years ago, as MS Dhoni trumped a poetic century from Mahela Jayawardene to pull off the highest run-chase ever achieved in a World Cup final.

Against a triumphant backdrop at the Wankhede Stadium, victory was sealed by six wickets with 10 balls to spare, as Dhoni - who had promoted himself to No. 5 to heap extra lashings of responsibility onto his own shoulders - rushed through the gears as the victory target drew nearer. With 15 required from 17 balls, he flicked Sri Lanka's only true threat, Lasith Malinga, through midwicket for consecutive boundaries, before smoking Nuwan Kulasekara over long-on to finish on 91 not out from 79 balls, and spark the most delirious scenes of celebration ever seen on the subcontinent.

However, the final margin did little justice to the tussle that had preceded it. Even the toss ended up being disputed, as Kumar Sangakkara's initial call was drowned out by the crowd, but it was the ebb and flow of Zaheer Khan's day that epitomised the fluctuations of a compelling contest. Zaheer opened his account with three consecutive maidens and the scalp of Upul Tharanga in a peerless spell of 5-3-6-1, only to be clobbered for 17 and 18 runs in his ninth and tenth overs, as Sri Lanka monstered 63 runs in the batting Powerplay to post an imposing 274 for 6.

And India's day got much worse before the team's fortunes began to inch upwards. Virender Sehwag had hit a boundary from the first ball of six of India's previous eight innings in the tournament, but this time Malinga's slingers dealt him a second-ball duck, as he skidded a full delivery into his back pad. And then Sachin Tendulkar, for whom the script had seemingly been written, was drawn into a loose drive by a fast Malinga outswinger, having set the stadium on standby for instant history with 18 sumptuously accumulated runs from his first 12 deliveries.

At 31 for 2 in the seventh over, India were struggling to keep their toehold in the contest, and it was all too much for a faithless few in the crowd who turned their backs and set off for home. But Gambhir and Virat Kohli epitomise a generation that does not easily accept defeat, and their third-wicket stand of 83 laid the foundations for an epic turnaround. The prospect of a seam-friendly surface, allied to the grievous loss of Angelo Mathews to a thigh strain, had tempted Sri Lanka into four key changes to the team that had triumphed over New Zealand in Colombo, and with Muttiah Muralitharan lacking bite in the final wicketless appearance of his 19-year career, Malinga alone could not carry the day.


Gautam Gambhir crunches one through the off side, India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, April 2, 2011
Gautam Gambhir held India's fortunes together in the final © AFP
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The hard-hitting of Kulasekara and Thisara Perera had been instrumental in hoisting Sri Lanka's total to such heights, but in their primary role as front-line seamers they lacked menace and were all too easy to squeeze as 119 runs came from their combined allocation of 17.2 overs. The newcomer to the squad, Suraj Randiv, caused a moment of alarm with his high-kicking offspin when Gambhir, on 30, was dropped by a diving Kulasekara at long-off, but as the innings progressed, his lack of guile proved costly. The decision to omit both Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath, whose combined efforts had been so effective against England and New Zealand, is one that will haunt Sri Lanka for years to come.

But this was a victory that still had to be grasped, and India found the men who were willing to do so. The 22-year-old Kohli, who was greeted with a stern word of encouragement as he replaced the outgoing Tendulkar, showed all the mettle for the big occasion as he eased along to 35 from 49 balls before falling to an outstanding return catch by Tillakaratne Dilshan, who dived full-length across the crease to intercept a leading edge. But it was Gambhir and Dhoni to whom the ultimate duty fell. Their 109-run stand was the highest by an Indian pairing in three World Cup final appearances, and even when Gambhir gave away the chance for an unforgettable century with a tired charge and slash at Perera, the result was no longer in doubt.

Gambhir struck nine fours in a 122-ball statement of indomitability, and both he and Dhoni required treatment for stiff backs as the sapping Mumbai heat took its toll. Dhoni at one stage looked so immobile that a precautionary retirement seemed the only logical response, but after some harsh work from the physio he resumed his stance and responded with another trademark filleting of the extra cover boundary, an area in which he scored six of his eight fours - three of which helped to blunt Murali's attacking instincts.

Both teams contained numerous veterans of World Cup final defeat, with no fewer than five Indians still remaining from the team that lost to Australia back in 2003, and as a consequence this was a match thick with performances that spoke of the wisdom of experience. Though each of the previous five centurions in finals had gone on to lift the trophy, as well as seven of the nine teams that had had the chance to bat first, Jayawardene had the misfortune to become an exception to both rules. His stunning 103 not out from 88 balls was proof that finesse has as much of a place at this level as brutality, but ultimately it was not enough to deny India their destiny.

Four years ago at Sabina Park, Jayawardene produced a supreme century against New Zealand to carry his side to their second World Cup final, but this was an innings of even more exquisite application. He came to the crease with his side under the cosh at 60 for 2 in the 17th over, having been throttled by Zaheer's supreme new-ball spell. But he responded with a tempo that scarcely wavered from a run a ball, until with Kulasekara for company, he opened his shoulders to power through to his hundred from 84 balls.

For an occasion of this magnitude, cool heads were the order of the day, and though his final figures did not show it, no-one was cooler in the opening exchanges than Zaheer. On his watch, Sri Lanka were limited to 31 for 1 in their mandatory Powerplay, their lowest ten-over score of the tournament, and the hapless Tharanga was restricted to two runs from 20 balls before snicking to Sehwag at slip, whose sharp low take epitomised a fielding effort that was rarely less than totally committed. Then, when he returned in the 37th over, Zaheer deceived Chamara Kapugedera with a beautiful slower ball that was driven to short cover, on route to equalling Shahid Afridi as the tournament's leading wicket-taker, with 21.

And yet, the speed with which his figures were vandalised was astounding. Though each of Jayawardene's 13 fours was a classy stroke in its own right, none was better than the last of them, an inside-out cover-drive to one of Zaheer's trademark outswinging yorkers, as he premeditated the late movement and filleted the ring of fielders on the off-side. The outright acceleration came from the other end, however, where Kulasekara made 32 from 30 balls before his sacrificial run-out led to a pat of gratitude from Jayawardene as they parted. And then, by the time Perera, who made 22 from nine balls, had sealed his onslaught with a dismissive thump for six over midwicket, the decibel levels in the Wankhede had plummeted.

But run by run, over by over, minute by minute, India picked themselves up, dusted themselves down, and turned the screw on Sri Lanka with a determination that a lesser group of men could not have begun to muster, amid the sure knowledge that several billion countrymen were investing all their hopes in their actions. And though he himself played just a walk-on part in the wider drama, it was Tendulkar who was chaired from the field as the celebrations began in earnest. "He's carried the burden of our nation for 21 years," said the youngster Kohli. "It was time to carry him on our shoulders today."

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Comments: 366 
Posted by IrishCricketisAWESOME on (April 5, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

Dear Indian Friends Congragulations From Ireland on your fantastic and truely deseved victory.I would Really Appreiciate it if you would sign the petition on the link given http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?irish111&51 To give us the chance to compete in the next world cup thank you

Posted by On_me_head_son on (April 4, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

As a Pakistani fan I want to CONGRATULATE the Indian cricket team and your nation on your victory - You were deserved winners. In winning the World Cup you achieved greatness but with it you won the hearts of many Pakistanis across the border and that truly is a great victory. I used to see negative/nasty comments from both Indians and Pakistanis but now that has changed. Let us with good hearts outnumber the haters.... Once again WELL DONE TEAM INDIA!!!

Posted by rockz.andy on (April 4, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

indian team wil be immortal while SL's future is evanescent

Posted by   on (April 4, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

An Amazing coincidence, In the process of regaining the world champion's title, India in their last 4 games defeated all former World Champions in the same order in which they become World Champions!!!!!!!!!

Posted by aarifmushtaq on (April 4, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

Please accept hartiest congratulations from pakistan for this world cup victory and i hope Pakistan and India will be able to play more and more cricket in future. I also would like to congratulate u for successful hosting of this world cup.

Posted by hotcric01 on (April 4, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

A Great team has achieved this victory.MY HOT CONGRATULATIONS INDIA! Gautam is one of my favourite player.What a fantastic inning from him at under pressure.And also Dhoni,young kholi ,Yuvi all were very impressive.Sachin is a god of cricket.All bowlers,fielders did a good job in the final.India was the most successful team in past 4 years.Their success began from T20 world cup and CB series in australia.Dhoni is a real cool caption.Good luck to dhoni and India team.And srilanka don't worry about defeat.you have magnificent players wish you also a good cricket future!

Posted by Hindh on (April 4, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

@jameswayne Indian flat pitches are the most difficult pitches in the world to bowl on. Any half decent bowler can get movement on english pitches. Just wait and watch we r going to destroy u the way did to u in 2007 series in Eng. SA (chokers) and perennial ashes buffs (england) cannot even dare dream a WC win....

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 4, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Srilnaka were lucky enough to be in the finals. They got the chance only because NZ beat SA. And they never defeated any big threats like Aus or Pak. And when it comes to face a good team, their weakness exposed. thats all.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (April 4, 2011, 2:12 GMT)

Way to go ! INDIA. I love Sachin.

Posted by MANEESHROY on (April 4, 2011, 0:21 GMT)

INDIA'S WIN IN 50 OVERS WORLD CUP CRICKET IS BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT VICTORY IN LAST TEN YEARS. THIS VICTORY OVERCOMES ALL GRIEF STRICKEN MOMENTS IMPOSED BY CLIVE LLYOD IN 1996. IN 1996 CLIVE LLYOD ANNOUNCED SRILANKA VICTORIOUS, WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE ABANDONED AND REPLAYED THE SEMIFINAL. THIS FINAL MATCH ALSO RAISES FEW QUESTIONS WHICH SHOULD BE ANSWERED :

--WHY WAS WANKHEDE STADIUM SELECTED FOR FINALS ? EVEN KANPUR'S GREEN PARK STADIUM IS BETTER THAN WANKHEDE STADIUM. IN EVERY CRICKET PLAYING NATION BEST STADIUM IS SELECTED FOR WORLD CUP FINAL.EITHER PUNJAB CRICKET ASSOCIATION GROUND IN CHANDIGARH OR EDEN GARDENS IN KOLKATA SHOULD HAVE BEEN VENUE FOR FINAL MATCH. INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL SHOULD ALSO THINK ABOUT TWENTY-TWENTY FORMAT.T20 CRICKET, INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS AND SHOULD BE SCRAPPED OFF. IF CRICKET IS TO BE AN OLYMPIC SPORT, INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL HAS TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER THAN T20 FORMAT.

Posted by hunterofdawn on (April 3, 2011, 23:38 GMT)

To All my Lankan brothers Thanks for the kind words and tough luck this time! You have a classy team with an even classier captain. You were a worthy opponent. What does one say about the Champion, Murali! He will be missed! But its time to celebrate for the Indian fans! Bleed Blue!

Posted by Harry0009 on (April 3, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/content/story/500414.html

Posted by Harry0009 on (February 12 2011, 18:10 PM GMT)

I somehow get a feeling this will be Yuvi's WC, and this will be the best tournament for him and India. I wish all the best to him leaving the past behind. He has not fired well and time he will do it in WC. All the best Yuvi n India

Total team effort and excellent. Gauti / Dhoni / Kohli what an innings under pressure

This is the turnaround may be for Indian domination in ODIs.

Posted by Harry0009 on (April 3, 2011, 21:25 GMT)

This turned out to be the best tournament for India and Yuvi. Having said that, Team India has made every Indian proud!!! At 31/2 I felt India can win only through some miracle but what an unbelievable performance from the deserving Champions!!! No words can express their achievement. India truly deserve this!!! Those 97s, 91s, 33s by Raina, 35s by Kohli, and those wickets by Zaks, Bhajji and the bowling unit all equate to centuries looking back at it.

Posted by whiskeysour on (April 3, 2011, 21:09 GMT)

Congrats Cheeka for being an instrumental part of both of India's world cup triumphs. As a born Lankan, it was sad to see SL losing a cup final for the 2nd time. However, the reality is that the Lankan team has provided it's fans much more than what they've come to expect over the years. If you consider the available talent pool and resources & funds available, what SL has achieved in Cricket tournaments is nothing short of amazing. Well done boys!

Posted by sugumarrising on (April 3, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

GAUTAM GAMBHIR WAS THE HIGHEST SCORER IN BOTH THE WORLD CUP VICTORIES, 2007 T20 WORLD CUP: 75, 2011 CRICKET WORLD CUP: 97!

Posted by cricdick on (April 3, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

As a man of Pak.origin, I congratulate India for thier world cup win. Even though there were many equals, they deserve this cup . Simply bashing India as a fluke or match fixing,every times it does well is highly unsporting and a bit too low. Cricket still is a Gentlemans game thanks to people like Sachin. Let them enjoy this moment.

Posted by NKSUDHIR on (April 3, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Indiaaaaa, Indiaaaaaaa!!!!! I wish we were in India to experience what 1.2 billion Indians are experiencing but we are lucky to be in Toronto Canada as it was our after noon when Dhoni and his team lifted the World Cup Trophy and we enjoyed all day on the streets with India flags and honking horns and party at night and today we are enjoying as it is a day off and I am watching reaction in Indian streets on NDTV 24x7 !!! Great to have this feeling!!!!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 16:07 GMT)

Well done India, u guys played very well, congrats 2 u all, Dhoni u r the best capt...good job, keep it up.

Posted by mnmdude on (April 3, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

@SCHATURVEDI TALK ABOUT WHEN SA WON AGAINST INDIA

Posted by Kingcb on (April 3, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

Yeah Thats right...They Defeated all World Champions But did not defeat ENG(Tie) And SA(LOST)…Both these teams Have not won the world cup…

Posted by MIC_ROI on (April 3, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

Proud Be A Srilankan. We are Happy With What Our Team Achieved. The 2 Master pieces of india viru & srt have an off day, by the team sl on their win over us.. Congrats Team INDIA.. Good Luck Our Team....

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

Thank you Shahbaz Afzal for beeing a great support. I wish our two nations could do the same and praise each other's success with the same passion. Hats off to you for beeing a part our celebtation.

Posted by spypower2 on (April 3, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

INDIA started thier world cup campaign in 2007 by loosing to bangladesh and ended it by loosing it to sri lanka!!!!!! BUT NOW IN THIS YEARS WORLD CUP THEY STARTED IT BY WINNING WITH BANGLADESH AND ENDED IT BY WINNING WITH SRI LANKA!!!!!

Posted by Ali_Eorse on (April 3, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

I am most happy for Sehwag and Sreesanth. They worked so hard in the final. Without their hard work, we will not have won. This cup belongs to them.

Posted by whiskey_dosa on (April 3, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

What happened? I saw pao Bhaji crying. Did Shrimatisanth slap him?

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

im proud to be a srilankan...we always with u..cuz if srilanka win then i cant think wt will happen to India team?somtimes they may go another country..

Posted by muskhad on (April 3, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

wow ...wata match ...congrats india ....and sachin hats off to u.... after bg played for 20 yrs dhonis boys have won a world cup for u & us & also for the country..i am watchingcricket for 9 yrs.this is the best moment i have seen..i never forget those moments....i can tell proudly to my next generation that i have seen india have won a world cup in 2011 and i watched it live..its a team work great captaincy by dhoni

Posted by Hindh on (April 3, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

What a win and what batting by INdia........ What an answer for all those who were saying India is not going to win the cup..... Where are those ppl now who were saying India cannot win coz they dont have the bowling attack.......... I would say to them hey india won the finals with their batting might and can win it by their batting might alone.......

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

Dhoni Chaeacter:Who never loses himself in utter joy on the praise and affection bestowed upon him by others, does not get immersed in sorrow due to undue defamation by others; remains unmoved by either praise or defamation by other is to be taken as learned.

Posted by BULTY on (April 3, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

A very good observation indeed!!! Yes, the Vice Captain kick starts the tournament with a first ball (of the tournament) FOUR against a co-host and the Captain goes a step further finishing off the tournament, as worthy victors, with a six, against another co-host. What a co-incident!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

Being a Pakistani Cricket fan, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Indian nation on becoming the World Champions. Yes, I was amongst the billions of people who watched the whole match and enjoyed it immensely. It was a great team effort and India's fielding was outstanding to say the least. It was a great team effort and MS Dhoni was brilliant with the bat and as a leader. Well done and enjoy your success.

Posted by Bengaluru_Rennie on (April 3, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

Can we have a look at Dhoni's stats in finals. Must be better than Sachin's

Posted by stormy16 on (April 3, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

India came in as favorites and showed why on the day of the final. They played what was a near perfect game in all 3 facets. The chase was clinical and risk free and in the end well under control. The target was challenging as was the circumstances and the chase but India were simply too good and all credit to them. For SL they played well to set a good target and Mahela was all class but just didint have the answers on the bolwing front to squeeze the powerful Indian batters. There just wasnt any real threat to the Indian batsman and even a target around 300 wouldnt have been safe. Suffice to say if India play at that level not many teams will even get close to them.

Posted by schaturvedi on (April 3, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

India's defeated all former WC champions in the order they won the World Cups :- WI,Aus,Pak and then finally SL........ Truly the world beaters!!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

We started the world cup campaigne with a boundary and finished with one as well!

( First delivery of of the tournament went for four, hit by Sehwag "vice captain" and the final delivery went as well to the boundary even better this time for a six offcourse hit by Dhoni "Captain of the Indian cricket team" isn't it a coincidence?) :)

Posted by Akheel on (April 3, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

Proud to be Sri Lankan.you showed character....... Well Played India!

Posted by elephasMaximus on (April 3, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

@ Bulty: I see. Did this guy not print the scoreboard?

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

Congrats to Team India, m so happy and proud to be an Indian. Great Innings by M S Dhoni, Gambhir n Yuvi. Zaheer has been superb with the ball and indians hv lifted their fielding n fighting spirits in the matches that counts. Gary great job tk a bow ..... love u all .... love u India

Posted by mvcric on (April 3, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

@Ali_Clark, there is so sentimentality at play here. It's just a statement of fact and Virat Kohli summed it up the best. And, yes, even though he was below his best towards the end of the tournament, don't forget that he played two crucial knocks of 53 and 85 in the quarter final and semi final. Le't not forget too that he ended up the second highest run scorer of the tournament at 482, just 18 runs behind Dishan at 500. And, his runs were made against tougher opponents than Dilshan had to face. So, he played a very big part in getting India into the final in the first place.

Posted by criclove216 on (April 3, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

Congrats India !!!!!It was one of the most ecstatic moment of my life.Lucky to witness Sachin hold the cup of glory.DHONI....you r the man...

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

Congrats all the Indians for a great world cup victory with a excellent team esprit .

Posted by hatsman on (April 3, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

india you deserved it, that was thw greatest day of my life and to sachin you are the best batsmen that i have ever seen.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

From yesterday onwards, India became d team that refused to be beaten.... it has gone mature!.... courtesy to Ganguly's aggressive n frank leadership followed by uber cool Dhoni's captaincy!

Posted by harshthakor on (April 3, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

My heartiest congrats to India for winning the World Cup.India superbly executed a run chase of a formidable target.The team had peaked at the right time and inspite of the loss of Sehwag and Tendulkar early fought with the spirit of lions.Gambhir batted in amost disciplined manner and Dhoni simply rose to the hour with barrage of stroke-making.The fiery spirit they have displayed in the last 3 wins show the capabilities of this team and hpw pressure brings out the best in them.It was heartening to see the midle -order risining to the hour and the metamporphosis in the bowling atack which seemed impotent in the early stages of the cup.Above all India showed how much the game is in the mind.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

Well done India. Well done Dhoni,Gambhir and Kholi and in bowling Zaheer. Fielding was very good. Despite a shocking start, India deserved the victory and the Cup.For Sri Lanka, Jayawerdene stood tall and played a classic knock and was a treat to watch. Dhoni proved himself to be a worthy leader and came good at the right moment and occasion.Sri Lankans should blame themselves for their poor team selection. Sentiments apart they should have retained Mendis and Rangana Herath against Rendiv and an injured Murali .Sreeshanth was a bad selection but Dhoni managed to get away with it !!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

Heyy...congrts frnds...we are world champian, we won...whoo...!! India india...! . Men in blue rocks...!! * at last dhoni u r great........

Posted by P.Srikanth on (April 3, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

CONGRATS TEAM INDIA!!!Well Deserved and you have not let 1.2 billion fans down. To me Kris Srikkanth is the lucky omen, remember he is person who went opening in 1983 WC final, Coached U19 WC team to victory when Mohd.Kaif was captain and now in 2011 the Chairman of selectors, who has proved not an inch wrong with his ideas. MSD ( Most Strongest Dude) of INDIA........well done guys.

Posted by AjayVijayan on (April 3, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

Perhaps the best Wcup after 1996 WC...... Its hard to believe this was the last World Cup stage for perhaps an era of astonishing players who thrilled us, inspired us...

Sachin, Kallis, Ponting, Akhtar, Afridi(may be), Muraleetharan, Mahela, Brett Lee, Daniel Vettori, Chris Gayle who all would now join Hayden, Gilchrist, Warne, Mcgrath, Damien Martyn, Steve Waugh, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, J Srinath, Sourav Ganguly, Sanath Jayasurya, C Vaas, Aravinda Desilva, I Ul Haq, Wasim Akram, W Younis, Saqlain, G Kirsten, A Donald, L Klusner, B Lara S pollock, , A Stuart, D Gough, S Anwar, N Astle, C Cairns, C Harris, S Bond, A Flower, H Streak ........... the elite group who made us watch this game with so much passion over the last 15 years................... These finest players will all would not be there for 2015 WCUP... Can't imagine such a quick transition.............

Posted by BULTY on (April 3, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

The news papers earlier in the day y'day had some startling predictions by the Astrologers of an Indian win in the WC 2011, but one prediction went one step further. This Astrologer had predicted correctly that a minor incident would occur which would be resolved quickly and that India would win the WC. Now can anyone doubt predictions of Indian Astrologers?

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 3, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

well done to India, on a great win, you played the better cricekt and deserved to win...very proud of our achievements also but this is your time...enjoy it...glad that if we couldn't win it, the cup went to our closest cricketing allies...

Posted by BULTY on (April 3, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Truly classic contest in the WC 2011 final between two equally balanced teams. Everything went right for Sangakkara from winning the toss, batting first, posting 274/6 and then capturing two important Indian wickets for just 31 runs. A captain couldn't have asked for more. But Dhoni, in previous press briefing had stated India had not peaked to their potential. If he pulled a rabbit from under the carpet in the form of Nehra in SF against Pakistan, the surprise this time was promoting himself up the order. What a correct decision it turned out to be and what a way to finish the final by clobbing the seamer, who had done all the damage to Zaheer's bowling analysis earlier, over the ropes for a six!!!!!!!. It was ironical that in this world cup winning team, there were two members from the two junior world cup winning teams. Yuvraj from the Mohd.Kaif led team & Virat Kohli the captain himself of the second team. Hearty congratulations to Dhoni & Co. for this win. They will miss Gary.

Posted by slackers11 on (April 3, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

only the indian team could have chased the target in the pressure of a worldcup final. Congrats india.

Where are the SA fans? What have they got to say now? Hiding somewhere?:-)

Posted by JasonAzure on (April 3, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

Now I can die in peace! India has won the world cup - fitting farewell to Sachin. Dhoni! Are you even human? I sometimes suspect if you are some kind of an alien robot :D

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (April 3, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

CONGRATS BROS!!!!!!!!!! we r d CHAMPIONS...... Dhoni made it for us in a critical situation... Well Played SL.... Thanks to PAKI bros who have made gracious comments here...... Thanks to everyone who backed INDIA..... Congrats once again...... Al d best to my 2nd fav team PAKISTAN...

Posted by pargat89 on (April 3, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Its always India who stop the winning run of world champions in the cricket world cups. 28 yrs back India defeated 2 times consecutive world champions WI in final to lift the cup and now they defeated 3 consecutive times world champions Australia in QF to lift the cup. Congratulations Team India...!!! We deserved it..:)

Posted by pargat89 on (April 3, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

Its always India who stop the winning run of world champions in the cricket world cups. 28 yrs back India defeated 2 times consecutive world champions WI in final to lift the cup and now they defeated 3 consecutive times world champions Australia in QF to lift the cup. Congratulations Team India...!!! We deserved it..:)

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

there is no word the god gifted to our team such players like sachin,shewag,dhoni, yuvraj, raina, kholi, pathan, zaheerkhan, munaf, nehra, ashwin. thanks to almighty for our team beat all countries to won the world cup champion title in this year. My memories this is milestone.

with memories, s. abulkalam asath.

Posted by vsuria on (April 3, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Dhoni didn't make a perfomance at all with the bat in the other matches in the World Cup, but when India was struggling in the final, he stepped up to the occasion. Champion's quality.

Posted by bobbo2 on (April 3, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

Well done India - you deserved the win. But where was Mendes? Seriously I feel dropping him mat have cost SL the game. I simply don't understand it.

Posted by mkv. on (April 3, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

where are srilankan's who were saying that srilanka deserved more than India and they will win..hmm?? It's India baby...Only India.. only best team deserve it and we got it.. for the name of sachin ..the GOD

Posted by Afsalk on (April 3, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

Great Moment of Indian Cricket Ever. Many many Congradulations for Team India Especially Dhoni ,Gambir , Sachin,Zaheer & Yuvaraj Thank you for won the World cup After 28 Years.

Posted by extreme931 on (April 3, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

This world cup is sachin's, even though I know that he didn't win the world cup by himself, but I think that even the indian side thinks the world cup is Sachin's. India's best ever player, one of the best players the word has ever seen. Keep on keeping on Sachin, and congrats india.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

When SL sit and do a postmortem of what went wrong for them to lose, it is all with them even before the match started. If you want to contain a strong Indian batting line-up you need a minimum of 300+ on the board and you need at least 3 good bowlers. Knowing that they had only Malinga and Murali who can be a real threat, they should have bowled first. Second is the wrong selection of team. Nuwan, Thisara are not great pacers and never had they been a threat in the past to India. They should have played Herath or Mendis and also shouldn't have played Randiv. So psychologically they lost the battle even before the toss, on seeing the SL team names Dhoni would have felt so happy that SL didn't have a incisive attack. And third thing where they exactly lost the match was when they allowed Gambir and Kohli to settle. And once India recovered from 31/2 to 90/2, India had already and SL had lost. Sangakara should have allowed Malinga to bowl 2 more overs. Congrats my Country !! Superb !!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

Deserving India won the cup

Posted by kaal on (April 3, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

It was amazing day for INDIAN cricket team and INDIA, Half of winning Indian team was born after 1983 so it is very precious moment for them. Cricket God who wait for this moment more than 20 years...... I proud to be Indian and Proud to hv player like Sachin....specially for his humble attitute with common man.

Posted by SrGd99 on (April 3, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

In all world cups and championship games of all games and sports (soccer, cricket, NBA, MLB, NFL, tennis, golf, Olympics) including today's 2011 World Cup, there may be few shocks during the tournaments, but ultimately only the BEST and the most deserving team/player lifts the cup. There is no exception to this rule, and this was no different in Cricket World Cup when WI won in 1975 and 1979, India in 1983, AUS in 1987, PAK in 1992, SL in 1996, AUS in 1999, 2003, 2007 or IND in 2011.

Posted by cricsavvy on (April 3, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

CHAK DE INDIA. We deserve it. No doubt India is the best in the world. Proud of you boys!!!!!!!

Posted by SrGd99 on (April 3, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

I felt a bit guilty after winning against AUS (who were a weaker team than in past) and PAK (who gave us lots of chances with their poor fielding). But after today's India performance, I am sure the best team won the Cup. We proved that we have the best batting, and a vastly improved fielding and bowling side (based on the the QF, SF and final games) and that makes me feel that we deserved to be the winner ahead of Sri Lanka and the other favorite South Africa. South Africa comes very close (may be even ahead of Ind) but it is not just about ability to win, but also the determination and desperation to win, and winning when it really matters and ultimately the who deserves to be the winner.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 7:03 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I love Pakistan Cricket team but I have no regrets or shame in saying that India played very well throughout the tournament and they truly deserved it :)

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

While it is indeed a great performance by Team India, they badly need lessons in public relations. Both Afridi and Sangakarra complimented Team India and our nation for the hospitality but on the contrary,Dhoni never said a word about the spirit and the excellent contest given by both teams. He did not even acknowledge their existence in both matches - it was just a prattle about his misreading of the pitch and about probable questions being asked on Ashwin's non inclusion and his being promoted above Yuvraj. Shame on our captain for not proving to be a good ambassador of our nation. There was no mention of the leaders from Pakistan and Sri Lanka,and as well of our own PM and President's visit. It is highly imperative that Dhoni and all get a training on Public relations and being gracious in victory as well as in defeat. BCCI's treatment of Srikkanth and co in Mohali and as well,in Mumbai also leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

Look at the Indian team performance: 1.Only team to reach in semi Final from Group B is India. 2.India beat all the top 3 teams in Group A Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Quarter,Semi and Grand Final. 3.India record in ICC WC 2011. (P:9 W:7 L:1 T:1) The loss and tie were the close ones rather India gifts the win to opponents.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

did anybody notice notice yuvraj and harbhajan shed good tears for the victory

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

MS Dhoni is only captain who read the Indian cricket team very well. That is why he always do experiment in every match and the same will become turning point of the game. Well done dhoni & co, you put Indian in the Himalayas so that entire world can see you for next four years. The only successfull captain in the current cricket season is MSD. Starts from Twenty20, DLF IPL, Champions Trophy, Test No. 1 and now the biggest occasion ICC One day Interanational championship 2011. It is time to celebrate for the entire nation. "Proud to be an Indian"

Posted by SrGd99 on (April 3, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

After listening to the humble and very sportive comments from the losing captains against India - Ponting, Afridi and Sangakkarra, I feel it is not just India won today but World Cricket has won. I never felt so proud of this game. And of course with India's win today, crickets spread in more than 100 countries, T20 format and other changes happening, cricket WILL dominate the world sport (both financially and in its appeal) within a decade. Its appeal and acceptance in USA is probably the critical mass it needs to take this game to a whole new level in terms of perfecting this game in every aspect - perfecting the technque from a scientific approach, producing players with muscle, fitness and technique, finance, worldwide broadcast of highest standards etc., which I am sure will happen with India and US now doing business together on many fronts including sports business, and after which it will surpass FIFA, NBA, MLB, NFL, Olympics and anything else out there.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

De Ghuma k... I m feeling Lyk a King...

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

Well Done Team India, Played like true Champions against a very worthy & professional Team Srilanka. Dhoni has shut up a lot of his critics like only he can, in actions and words, a very inspirational leader, if at all Sachin decides to retire, India will have another "Cricket GOD" to emulate in MS Dhoni. Team India has also shut up all the Australian commentators and ex players who claimed that somehow Sachin was a lesser legend because he has no "World Cup" trophy. Looks like Team India has, in stroke cleared the picture about who is the best Test and ODI Team in the world too. Congrats to the Entire Indian National Team, the support staffand all its true Fans

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:39 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India & all Indians. The wait was fruitful & the victory was SWEET...!!!!!

But one question is eating my brains.. Where was the so called Champion bowler Muralitharan when his team needed him the most.

Why he did not bowl along with Malinga in the last five overs instead of Kulasekara????

Just think then; Is this man a real Champion???

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:39 GMT)

Congratulations team India on winning the WC. .. itz a gr8 team effort.....

Posted by zapper22 on (April 3, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

Congrats to the Indian team for winning the WC.

@Vishnurao - Well, undisputed test No.1 --obviously not, Undisputed ODI champions - yes...And teams that wielded more power were Australia of mid-nineties to late noughties - 12 years and 34 match unbeaten streak in WCs, and 2 16 consecutive match winning streak in Tests..As for being 60 overs/50 overs champions, well the format remains ODI, so fail to understand the logic of differentiating between 2 very good One day WC wins.

Posted by Shehan_W on (April 3, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

Poor selection of the team for the finals cost SL the World Cup. It is a big question mark why they played three off spinners in the same team (Murali, Randiv & Dilshan). Dropping Mendis from the final was big mistake as he brings more variety to the bowling attack. Sangakkara's head drop even before the game finished, which is a very bad thing to do as a captain. Although Thisara and Malinga brought SL back in to the game by some good bowling in the latter overs, Sangakkara wasted it by choosing Kulasekera to bowl 47th over, which practically ended the contest. Congratulations to Indian cricket team, well played.!

Posted by dextran on (April 3, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

well done India. you did very well in the crunch moment. Sri lanka didn't have the will or fire power when India batted, specially when ghambir and dhoni were doing very well. as a sri lankan feel sorry being runners up on two consecutive world cups. but we were beaten by best teams on both occasions. Indians planned the chase well. have to admit indian batting was world class as they didn't stumble after 2 big guns fell cheaply. new lads showed how to do it on the big occasion. this time Young lads from India did all the work. Indian future is very bright. But sri lankans will find it difficult to fill the gap when 4 top order batsmen who are more than 30years old retire one day. only tharanga from the young generation fared well in the world cup. anyway congratulations INDIA!

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (April 3, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

Finally, we win it! Was afraid we'd repeat 2003, but we didn't, not with the bat at least. Gambhir deserves as much praise as Dhoni for seeing India through tonight. They should've both received the man of the match award, but that hardly matters now. We won! We're the champions! And spare a thought for Sril Lanka. This is the second final they've lost in consecutive world cups. Well played, Sri Lanka! Given the unreasonable Indian fan I am, I probably say that only because India won :-P

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

Salute the Team..............

Posted by Percy_Fender on (April 3, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

It was a tremendous victory not just for India but for the Trinity of India Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If India's batting was wonderful, Pakistan's bowling as always was brilliant. Sri Lanka remained the crafty allround side. I really wish that the ebullient Pakistanis are back in the IPL soon even if they cannot make it for the tournament that is due to start in just under a week. Now that the two governments have actually broken bread over a World Cup semi final the IPL should cash in by inviting some of the Pakistani stars as well. I wish them the very best in their endeavour.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Dhoni and Gambhir lead India to World Cup glory

Posted by dani09 on (April 3, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

i got tears in my eyes too when indian players had emotional moments of joys. congratulations to our indian brothers...... From Ur PAKISTANI Brother :)

Posted by theilluminated11 on (April 3, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

BHARAT RATNA FOR SACHIN !!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

Let us not forget the efforts of coach Gary Kirsten and Support staff who shaped this magnificent Indian team. It is a team effort to win a big game like this . April 2 2011 Most memorable day for Indian cricket. I m Proud of the Indian cricket Team.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

Congrats to Indian cricket team, who didn't fail 121 crore Indian's hope in this world cup. Diya Ghuma Ke.....

Posted by Q72941 on (April 3, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

Well done Team India. After all the Little Master got there with the help from his younger followers, Congratz.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

Man of the Series should be T.M Dilshan..he deserve it...!!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

I like the fact that most of the INDIA haters are all silent today. Wonder what happened to their claims. lol . Secondly, my sincere thanks to the Sri Lankans and Pakistanis who have congratulated us for this win. I was supporting India, then Pakistan and then Sri Lanka to win the World Cup and bring it to Asia. Thank you once again to all for your wonderful comments. Feeling so good today :-)

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

bleed blue so happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

dhoni da he is the man for the final touch...commit the hour commit the champion

Posted by ami77 on (April 3, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

Congratulations to Indian team. Tendulkar deserved to win a world cup medal for the stack of his medals being the master of batsmen. However Muttiah Muralidaran too deserves a better fairwell as the greatest bowler ever in the game of cricket.

Posted by abhilash0799 on (April 3, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

A great victory by the Indian team. I remember how disappointed I was when we lost in 2003, and I was only 8years old then. The best thing about this victory is that we didn't go about the tournament thrashing everyone. We stumbled and struggled in places, but came out on the top in the end to win the Cup, which makes it all the more special. But on the other hand, a great knock from Jayawardene, who came to the party when it mattered the most, and a disappointing farewell for Murali, but he has been a true champion, and will remain one of my most favourite cricketers.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:43 GMT)

Congartulations to Team India and all Indian cricket followers!!

Posted by Benzim on (April 3, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

Congratulation India !!! very happy to see the CUP of WC in the master blaster Sachins hand. he had evrything w/o this so this things fill the gap & complete the little master. For Indian team they deserved it as this is the best team as ever in thr history.

Posted by BestintheGame on (April 3, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

India shows its TRUE colours..finally!! The men of steel, grit, determination and character won it for India, most of all by the man who lead the team from the front, M.S. Dhoni. It was a great game of cricket, India picked themselves up from down and out to the Glory by showing mental toughness, cool charecter and true application to achieve a successful outcome. Dhoni's innings was a gem for all its glory, it was a classic that will be remembered for a long time to come, because it is filled with such varied hues of discipline, responsibility, toughness, cool temperament, skill in the job one is perfoming and adapt to the siutation's demands and stepping up and see to its successful objective. I haven't seen such a glorious innings or play from a cricketer for a long time. Hats off to you Dhoni...

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

Indian team rocks....world cricket champions 2011-india.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:28 GMT)

A hearty congratulations to our entire national team whose splendid play, truly has made our nation proud.

I tip my hat to Gautam Ghambir whose fabulous play, after the early demise of our top 2 batsmen propelled India onto it's ultimate destiny. Also, no finer a captain then Mr. M.S. Dhoni nor will we have the likes of a Sachin Tendulkar for a long long time.

From top to bottom this Indian national team is one for the record books ;) Congratulations to Sri Lanka for a hard fought match !

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

I'm really happy for Tendulkar, who was destined to be a part of a winning WC team due to his mastermind talent......... God at last had mercy on Sachin - 453 ODIS, five previous campaigns, and finally Sachin Tendulkar has won a World Cup!!!! From a die hard Pakistan Fan

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

Master performance by team India under master captain

Posted by poladda on (April 3, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

The best team has to win! The best team has won! Congrats, Team India and well done MS Dhoni, the coolest captain since Arjuna Ranatunga. What went wrong for Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka Cricket, Aravinda De Silva and Kumar Sangakkara owes an explanation to SL fans and cricket fans all over the world. Kumar should know that in Sri Lanka, when cricketers go begging for catches, we call them catching frogs. What a woeful display of fielding and catching. On that account alone, India should win and rightfully, India won. Who made team selections for the WC final in the SL team? Who decided to bring in Kapugedera, Kulasekera and Perera? Who thought of bring in Vaas and put him on the bench? God only knows, amen!

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 3, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

i think sl will rue the fact that the first 10 overs in their innings they lost the plot only 31 runs...that was a big factor

Posted by jackforce on (April 3, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

Impressive... Indian team showed their hunger to win the cup by coming on fire in the bowling and fielding departments. Wonderful win, very sensible knocks by Kohli, Gambhir and Dhoni. Dhoni saved the best for last. Wonderful leadership by him. A very deserving cup. I was equally impressed to hear Sangakkara praising the Indian team and he was absolutely gracious on the defeat and let down by our Indian team failed to mention one word about the Srilankan team, no courtesy, no sportsmanship, really bad media skills. No word from the captain Dhoni, Yuvraj, thats a shame.....Hope they learn sometime soon to appreciate their opponents

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 3, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

chak de india, well thanks to pakistani and sl supporter for sensible comments that is what we want no war only love..SL and Pakistan both r gr8 teams...SL played well but unlike pakistan SL depends on 2 main bowlers malinga and murali and i guess they missed mendis in this match also the dropped catch of gambhir was crucial..well where is kiwi rocker and bangla......

Posted by jackforce on (April 3, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

Impressive... Indian team showed their hunger to win the cup by coming on fire in the bowling and fielding departments. Wonderful win, very sensible knocks by Kohli, Gambhir and Dhoni. Dhoni saved the best for last. Wonderful leadership by him. A very deserving cup. I was equally impressed to hear Sangakkara praising the Indian team and he was absolutely gracious on the defeat and let down by our Indian team failed to mention one word about the Srilankan team, no courtesy, no sportsmanship, really bad media skills. No word from the captain Dhoni, Yuvraj, thats a shame.....Hope they learn sometime soon to appreciate their opponents

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

Congratulations to Indian Team and people - and also to all Asians, as I am one. We are proud to have the glory back in Asia! You deserve the win and celebrations...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 3, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

It is a big blow for Pakistani fans again. Yes I said Pakistani fans. Because, after semi lost, they supported Lanka. So it is a second defeat for them. It was India was the first ASIAN team to won WC in 85 then Lanka and Pakistan won it. Again India won T20 first and later Pakistan won it. And now, India won it 2nd time. INDIA LEADS THE WAY AND OTHERS FOLLOW IT. WELL DONE TEAM INDIA. Men In Blue make us proud! Chak De India.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

it's a glory for Sachin,it's a glory for India,It's a glory for South Asia and it's a glory for world.Congratulation India team and India for winning world cricket cup 2011.Dignity and sincerity is the symbol for this success.I thing Sachin is now a complete man in cricket world.World salute the winners...now proved.I hope next generation will remember it not for a decade but the age of ....this universe. congratulation again....

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 4:43 GMT)

I dont remember a lot of World Cup History but the journey and triumph of this 2011 World Cup for India was the most testing one. This team has beaten all the major power houses barring South Africa. The young guns stood at the right moment as they have done in a few major final events in the last few years. Remember Natwest Series Final... Great!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

140 crores indians all over the world pray for the team india.. that doesnt goes in vain.... Its great to see SUPERSTAR watching the match with cool head... Whereever he go some goodthings will happen... that was happened yes'day.... THALAIVAR rocks........

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

yooo...we did it...it ws superb show by MSD nd gauti...although virat ...zak nd all the team member.....luv u alll....

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

Its a memorable day for the whole nation.... Its a reward for the hard work... The prayer of 140 crores of indians all over the world dont goes in vain..... Its nice to see SUPERSTAR to see the match with cool head... Thalaivar rocks.....

Posted by akshararamji on (April 3, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

Congratulations to team India for their remarkable achievement. Its a dream come true for Sachin and hats off to him for his tremendous journey in the world of cricket - Ramji

Posted by JanQld on (April 3, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

That was an exhausting but thrilling match: watching it here in Australia mean't I didn't get much sleep but boy was it worth the sacrifice! Well Done India for an excellent win and well done SL for such a wonderful fight and good sportmanship. What an amazing WC Series - excitement of watching many of the other teams, especially England but India are worthy winners!

Posted by siddikiitkgp on (April 3, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

Three Cheers for Indian team. Congratulations to all the players, members and staffs of the Indian Team for winning the ICC World Cup, 2011. Team India had made the nation proud and as well as this Team India had given Sachin a special gift, a proudest moment, a cherish-able one that he deserved. India is always gifted with players, but the specialty of this Team India is their self belief and the team spirit. Keep up this spirit, and hope we'll rule the cricket world for a decades or a long... Come on India.

Posted by MiddleStump on (April 3, 2011, 4:29 GMT)

Congrats team India. Farewell and best wishes to Tendulkar and Murali. The World Cup will never be the same without you. Thank you for your contribution to the game of cricket.

Posted by a1234s on (April 3, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

team india has shown that you can win with dignity and grace. you can be no 1 and not be jackasses. brilliant!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

A true momentum of the ICC world cup is to see that fight back at the 2nd innings in any of the last four world cups.it's really an wonderful moments for each and every Indians to be no 1 in the world in all forms of the game.

Posted by nataraajds on (April 3, 2011, 4:12 GMT)

Congrat's to team india. we are the cricket super power now. we are now complete #1 team in world.. we remember this victory for long long time and MS is the greatest caption india have ever seen. He took india for T20 WC, ODI WC and Test Championship. what else you need? mission completed for Sachin-

Posted by Sachin-all_time_hero on (April 3, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

Dhoni u proved u r always gr8:)... Thanks for u ppl for doing it for SACHIN......

Posted by Maira_ on (April 3, 2011, 4:05 GMT)

Well done India, thoroughly deserved it, Dhoni coming up the order just goes to show the sense of responsibility he felt as a captain. Played like true professionals! -From a die hard Pakistan Fan-

Posted by amit.80s on (April 3, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

T20 World Cup, Commenwealth seriers in Aus, No.1 Test Ranking, IPL Trophy, Champions Trophy and now the biggest of them all the 50 over World Cup these are the list of achievements by team India in last 4-5yrs. Dhoni u da man whatever u touch turn into gold.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

Congrats Indian and all indians...A truly great win... after a very long time..

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

I am born to support Indian cricket team!! I am happy I thank to my son and my dad/ mom who supported me through out the world cup supporting India..Congratulations!! Indain Cricket Team great achivement!! Big slap for for those who takes sports as"political"and crushing Indian Cricket Team...

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 3:36 GMT)

Congratulations team India on winning the WC.

Posted by allforone on (April 3, 2011, 3:32 GMT)

Well done India! It was an admirable performance...Now for the small matter of a 12 year 34-match world cup winning winning streak. ;)

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

Congratulations India! Well deserved Championship. Hats off for our Lion Murali! You will be missed.

Posted by mvcric on (April 3, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

@Ali_Clark, there is so sentimentality at play here. It's just a statement of fact and Virat Kohli summed it up the best. And, yes, even though he was below his best towards the end of the tournament, don't forget that he played two crucial knocks of 53 and 85 in the quarter final and semi final. Le't not forget too that he ended up the second highest run scorer of the tournament at 482, just 18 runs behind Dishan at 500. And, his runs were made against tougher opponents than Dilshan had to face. So, he played a very big part in getting India into the final in the first place.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 2:50 GMT)

Can't help praising Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli for their sensible innings and very important partenrship. 31/2 with Sehwag and Sachin gone, It was high pressure nut the two young guns carried India firmly on their shoulders. Feeling proud as an India. Thanks Team India. You rock.

Posted by Cricster1 on (April 3, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

Congratulations to Indian team . Dhoni played a captain's innings to compensate for a few things he could have done differently to restrict SL to a total of < 250. Number of similarities between both captains - picked players brought in as replacements instead of bowlers who possessed variations and operated with a defensive mindset. With SL's top 3 scorers dismissed, Zaheer was not brought back to try and reverse swing with the old ball, instead Sreesanth and part time bowlers were in action which allowed lower middle order to get set and launch big hits. SL did not attack with Murali after the fall of Indian openers and there was no attacking field set to stop the flow of ones and twos.Result - superb knocks from Mahela and Dhoni. It was more like SL middle order vs. Indian middle order batsmen and India ofcourse won that contest in the end.

Posted by royalbob on (April 3, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

Thanks for the gracious comments from Pakistan and srilankan fans!!

India is ruthless and too dominating in the last 3 mathces...we are no.1 in tests and onedays now!! a rare feet and we are on top of the world...wow..a great feeling to be born as an Indian!! proud of Dhoni and team...just proud to be born as an Inidan!!

Posted by Avery_Mann on (April 3, 2011, 2:07 GMT)

A great final to finish a great tournament. India took their chances and had a bit of luck today - the only difference between two very good teams. Congrats!

Posted by Balumekka on (April 3, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

Congratulations team India and Indian fans for the great victory. You really deserve this title. I'm a die hard Sri Lankan fan, but I must admit that the better team deservedly won the WC! I'm proud of Sri Lankan team for the fighting they have shown. Anyway I can say our neighbors are world champions and we are runner-ups.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 3, 2011, 1:57 GMT)

Number one in Test cricket. Number one in one day cricket. And now - WORLD CHAMPIONS ! What a proud moment for all Indian fans. Now no one can deny that India is the best team in the world. Well done men in blue!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 1:56 GMT)

Well Done.. After a 28years we get back our Glorious Cup.. Congrats :)

Posted by BUNARUN on (April 3, 2011, 1:53 GMT)

Finally dhoni came to form and india are the world champs.... jai ho

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

Congrats India!!! Gautam Gambhir and Dhoni had classy innings! Gambhir deserved the Man of the Match award though because he came in when india lost two early wickets! I am jus soooooo happy that they won! They have the best batters in the world! Chak De India!

Posted by mistertee on (April 3, 2011, 1:13 GMT)

A Captain's knock is on what it achieves for the TEAM , not what it does for the batsman's ego or average . Dhoni will be remember for the value of his knock to the team . Congrats INDIA on winning the ODI WC Trophy .

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 1:00 GMT)

Rakim well said and thank you, just on the wavelength of what Afridi said.

It is a well deserved victory for India indeed with her strong batting lineup and and so much of young talent with some world class seniors this is definitely a feather in the cap for everyone.

:DT

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 0:53 GMT)

Awesome performance by India. Congrats to India. Dhoni at his best after a long time. Enjoyed every ball of the game. Well done Sri Lanka too but it was India's day.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 0:44 GMT)

feel sorry for muttiah, he has bowled with such passion for so long, i hope that he inspires a lot of spinners out there. Ponting in Tasmania would have compared Dhoni's nock to his own when he hit that magnificent century in 2003. Great to see the emotion from each player, it meant a lot for this indian to watch the win at 4am in australia

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (April 3, 2011, 0:40 GMT)

well played india . I dont agree with many indian fans here insinuating that the most deserving best/strongest team in the world won the cup. I am convinced the best team is South Africa. india pretty much lucky SouthAfrica had a sudden unexpected bad day in the knock out stage.

Posted by AKmAK on (April 3, 2011, 0:27 GMT)

Finally the drought is over...Thanks TEAM INDIA....you make us proud and its really honour for an Indian.. You proved and showed the whole world why and how we deserved it... I'm speachless what a moment....thanks MS and whole team. This is really for you Sachin...the GOD of Cricket..

Posted by   on (April 3, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

I started cricket because of Sachin. It was something that the GOD of cricket has always wanted. I am sure with a much better team he could have won us the 1996 WC. Today is his day, for carrying the hopes of a billion people on his shoulders who want him to hit a century in every match and win every match for them. Dhoni and his men have done every Indian in the world proud. I study in the US and the euphoria was nothing different from India. That's the beauty cricket has done to every one born in India. Thanks a lot guys. You truly deserve it. Yessss....We are the champions...signing off, A Proud Indian

Posted by Rakim on (April 3, 2011, 0:02 GMT)

I am a Pakistani, but i am really happy for India, they deserved this WC, Sachin deserved it. All the greats in the game had one.

This WC isn't simple WC, it'll determine future of the cricket and believe me in India there is a lot of passion and love for cricket. So bad tho, that we Pakistanis can't play in India.

Nice Job India, Nice Job Sachin and Zaheer (*Zaheer is fabulous and greatest bowler of all times from India*)

Enjoy this victory India,

Peace to everyone.

Pakistan will win next world cup InshaAllah (If we drop Kamran Akmal !!)

Posted by Matty_Clark on (April 2, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

I mean no disrespect, but why is everyone concentrating on Sachin? He didn't carry the team on his own throughout the competition, and in the last 2 games, has been well below his best. I understand the sentimentality, but is it not a bit of a one-eyed view....?

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

India take the Cricket World Cup - (main page of ESPN.com) . . . tells you how global our world has become. Congrats India!

Posted by Gilchrist_Biggest_Fan on (April 2, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

Well done Indian team and the support staff. You guys deserved it from word go. the passion and desire was there to see. I am more happy for Tendulkar who finally gets what he deserves the world cup. Man with his class , records and passion without a world cup would of been sad for cricket had he retired without one. So well done from neighbour here :)

Posted by ymamsa on (April 2, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

Congratulations Team India and especially Sachin Tendulkar. Well done Sri Lanka. It was an excellent final to a wonderful tournament. We from Pakistan are thrilled.

Posted by Ankit_BleedingBlue on (April 2, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

am so emotional at the moment .. dont have words .. thr is also a feeling of sadness that we might not see sachin playing in a one day again ! cant really think of indian team without sachin in it :( anyways very happy at the moment .. we did it finally ! i had a firm belief in dhoni's leadership and was sure he wud lead us to glory !

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

well played India .

sanga y have to play more offensive than defensive if y want to become a better captain.

Posted by Hyderabadikhiladi on (April 2, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

Congrats team India from Seattle, USA!!! A theatre full of people here were cheering every stroke on the big screen! I was 13 when Kapil's devils hoisted the trophy -- this win was more emphatic and more enjoyable. Fantastic performance by Dhoni, Gambhir, and co. Excellent performance by the Sri Lankans too -- thanks for an enjoyable game! Great game and sportsmanship the other day by the Pakistani side and the fans here on cricinfo. Looks like the era of South Asian dominance in cricket has begun!

Posted by mariofan97 on (April 2, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

Dreams came true for 1.3 billion Indians

As an Aussie i'm proud that our crown goes to a worthy adversary. INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by cubes on (April 2, 2011, 23:13 GMT)

Congrats India. Well played Sri Lanka. Great game!! Finally, a South African won the World Cup! :)

Posted by dibbu on (April 2, 2011, 23:12 GMT)

Laugh, scream, cry, laugh, cry, jump, sing, laugh.... OMG! sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy!!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!... Yuvraj and Kohli's comments sum it up so well... KOHLI- "Tendulkar has carried the burden of nation for 21 years; It was time we carried him. Chak de India!"... YUVRAJ in an earlier match had mentioned that he ...wanted to win the World Cup for a "special someone." On Saturday Yuvraj revealed that the person was Sachin Tendulkar... Thank you TEAM INDIA. Thank you SACHIN!!!!

Posted by Evilpengwinz on (April 2, 2011, 23:11 GMT)

I feel sorry for Sri Lanka as I've wanted them to win since England got knocked out. However, Kulasekara and Perera weren't good enough and leaked runs. When India needed 27 from 24, and Kulasekara came on, I thought that was a mistake from Sangakkara. I would've much rather seen Murali bowl, as 27 off 4 overs from Murali and Malinga would have put more pressure on the batsman than Malinga and a bowler who's been hit around the park for most of the match.

At the end of the day though, I think the best team won, although I think the result could've been different had Mendis played instead of one of the medium pace bowlers, or if Kulasekara hadn't bowled at the end.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

thank u sachin.... u r the greatest inspiration for all the indian cricket team ....

Posted by TopPlot on (April 2, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

And Dhoni is undisputed best captain of this era and i surely thought that he could do this for india inspite of many criticizes him for his gambling experiments but now all those wud realy have to shut as ravi shasthri said in the post match presentation. His experiements did pay off, although it was not a good idea to draft Sreeshanth in to the side whch was done against the will of dhoni and garry, dhoni wasnt wrong to get him to the final ahead of Ashwin becoz SL will play spin well just like the way Indians did today but sree couldnt capitalize on the opportunity. 274 is definitely a winning score had Sanga didnt go thru with major smart idea of playing 4 changes. He tried a dhoni but it wasnt dhoni. Dhoni used Ashwin when it mattered & won two important knock out, read the pitch well and did his homework. It is something we shud really appreciate him for. Folkz, he has done it ofcoz it wont b possible without this wonderful team work but dhoni made them blv. Contratz

Posted by dibbu on (April 2, 2011, 23:07 GMT)

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!... Yuvraj and Kohli's comments sum it up so well... KOHLI- "Tendulkar has carried the burden of nation for 21 years; It was time we carried him. Chak de India!"... YUVRAJ in an earlier match had mentioned that he wanted to win the World Cup for a "special someone." On Saturday Yuvraj revealed that the person was Sachin Tendulkar... Thank you TEAM INDIA. Thank you SACHIN!!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 23:00 GMT)

well played indian team im pakistani but i love the team playied in final congratulation to all my indian nabours freinds and team india.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

Go India !! A whole nation celebrates for the Little Master.

Posted by Nerk on (April 2, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

A wonderful finale to an unforgettable world cup. And who in world cricket is more deserving of a world cup than Sachin Tendulkar, without doubt one of the greatest batsmen of all time? But what should be most encouraging for Indian cricket is that this game was not won by Sachin or Sehwag, it was won by their young guns such as Gambhir. Sri Lanka were the form team of the cup, they played well against all opponents, while India were at times a little shaky. But India fought through, and were deserving winners. And one thing I have noticed through this world cup is that all those who questioned the brilliance and relevance of ODIs seem to be strangely silent.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

I'm living every moment of it..I dont have words..I'm choked literally..Defintely one of the happiest moments of my life..and for all those who think cricket is a waste of time and momey..think again..It brings JOY to a passionate nation...something we have been craving for a long time..Its one of those moments you wish you could live forever and ever and ever..Direct DIL Se..Love You Sachin..It was an honor seeing your smile..Loved every moment of it..you deserve it..every bit of it...Im getting emotional :)

Posted by brij_paun on (April 2, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

Indian Team Has really played really well during the tournament... Heartly Congratulations to all Indians and all people who has favoured inida during the WC 2011. MSD used his team in a perfect manner... We should be thankful to allIndian players and specially Sachin, Sehvag, Yuvraj, & Zaheer who brought Iindia in the Final and at last Dhonin & Gauti performed their best of the tounament in WC Final..and we won the WC 2011. But we ahould also thankful to DADA (Saurav Gangully) who has given his best to make a confident Indian Team and also given confidence to team players and indian people as well that India can also win the world cup as Gangully's Team has reached in WC Final in 2003. Gangully gave us right to see a dream to win a WC and Dhoni did it and he makes that dream come true and India Won the WC 2011.

Posted by Jose_Cyriac on (April 2, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

Finally a World Cup for Sachin!!! no one deserved it more than him !!!! Congrats Team India..Congrats MSD!!! Dhoni did it for Sachin :)

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

credit goes to gambhir........he really played well.......dhoni s really lucky....he played gem innings when it matters lots.....and gary kirsten........amazing coach...and how can we forget highest run maker sachin tendulkar and highest wicket taker zahir.......and man of the series yuvraj........also thx to munaf for his tidy spell .........get rid of sreesanth........bhajji is ok.......do we need him ? if yuvi s taking more wicket then bhajji ???lol

Posted by Capricorn60 on (April 2, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

Well done India....you.'ve made an Indian fan in London very proud & happy! Thrilled for our legend Sachin......he may have missed out today but his performances in the earlier matches led us to the final. Maybe he ought to retire from ODI's now to prolong his remaining Test career.Wot a wise tribute to our little master from Virat! Congrats Sangakkara & the SL team for their wonderful performances on the field & their grace/sportsmanship today in having to swallow the bitter pill of defeat. Thx u too to our Pakistani brothers for their congrats...let us hope we again soon resume playing each other regularly.

Posted by pkXI on (April 2, 2011, 22:30 GMT)

Good cricket by India. Sri Lanka tried. Can't wait till next World Cup.

Posted by TopPlot on (April 2, 2011, 22:26 GMT)

I was askd by two of my IND colleagues as whats the difference i wud make of the both team? I replied its "Dhoni". Sachin for Ind/Murali for SL/Zaheer's death bowling/Malinga Yorkers etc. But the difference is that Dhoni blvd in the team, blvd on the fact & fought hard on implementing it but although i blv sanga's will make of good test batsmen captain, he is will not make a worldcup winning ODI or T20 captain, hve u heard of anyone going with a 4 changes in to a final & 1 of them is not part of the squad initially. 1 is enforced change due to injury & i cud agree the replacement of Chamara but hw in the world u'll keep both Mendis/Hearth out of the attack whn they had done reasonably well. This is unforgivable Sanga, u missed the stump of Symond on 03 who went on to make the winning total & nw brought 2 chamara silva's whose average is at 20's & u persisted with Dilhara. So u paid it on big time bcoz it wud b bad for cricket had u win wit this weak links, this is a WC friend.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

Dreams came true for 121 Million Indians

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 22:13 GMT)

great victory !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! unforgetable................

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

Well Played Sri Lanka and india feel sorry for sri lankan fans im a big fan of sri lankan team best wishes from pakistani fans community.. india well played to Congrats Guys

Posted by beven on (April 2, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

India Now Did It Again

Posted by RAHULKS1123 on (April 2, 2011, 22:05 GMT)

i don't have words to say..

Love you Indian team..

congrats everybody, SRT, captain cool, Yuvi, Gauti..love you all..

i am happy.. :) :)

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

After 28 years again we touched the cup.. Congrats....... Team India.Dhoni ...you and your angels rocks today.We really proud of this big Achivement. Thank you Team India. The Nation Salutes Team India.

Posted by CandidIndian on (April 2, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

As an Indian fan this was my sixth world cup,I remember how we lost to Saffas in 92, Srilanka in 96 , by almost everyone in 1999 including Zimbabwe, by mighty Aussies in 2003 and then by SL in 2007.But finally Indian team has achieved this big victory,thanks to Gary he taught out team that having talent is not enough ,strategy fitness intent and attitude is also important.Ganguly must be a very happy man today , he started this and Dhoni finished in great style.Tough matches against Aussies and Pakistan were a great help for India before this big final .Chasing 275 against a very good bowling and fielding unit was very tough but Dhoni and his men came out as true champions.Congrats to Indian team and my fellow Indian fans.

Posted by hamza101 on (April 2, 2011, 21:57 GMT)

As a Pakistani i must say Well done guys well deserving victory! Congratulations from across the border! i must salute to the Captain Dhoni who was one of the much deserving victorious captain among all the nations! you did great with bat ball and field as well as you showed unity, disciplines and faith... it was remarkably know as the wishes of 1 billion hearts has been splendidly came true! World of Cricket will surely learn a lot from team India! Cheers from a neighbor... :)

Posted by drake1234 on (April 2, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

Take a bow man .....This team desereved to be world champion ..After 28 yrs winning the world cup , memory to cherish for a life time ..They did it in style , all the previuos world champions grounded in quest for the world cup ..Came the occasion and came the man MSD cool as cucumber,And what a way to sign it in the end ...thankss team india for making each one of us proud ..its such a amazing feeling ....we are the world champions ......yippeeee....And the scene that follow they were epic, Its just the stepping stone for golden age of indian cricket that's to follow... Second april 2011,will be cherished for long by every indian

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

Wow!!! What a win in a high pressure situation. Been wating for this for 28 long years! Hats off to Team india for pulling this off..specially the young guns Virat and Gambhir & of course MSD for stepping up and coming up with an amazing knock. Very happy for SRT, Yuvi and Zaheer K. after all the sweat and tears they put in.

Finally, kudos to a tough and gracious Lanka team that fought all the way to the end and Sanga for his sporstmanship

Posted by Santyment on (April 2, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

That was best batting line up ever. Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Virat, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina seven match winners in a team.... it could have been a bad luck only that this team wont win!!! I had tears when I saw Sachin running in after the win.....you are my hero Mr perfect!!! Dhoni, Mr Cool, you did it again. God bless you all to bring this moment to all Indians!!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:48 GMT)

The World Cup meant a lot to us , a land of over 1000 million ppl praying for Team India 2 lift the world cup and as soon as Dhoni held his nerves and hit the Winning Strike ,evryone jmped in joy 2 celebrate this much awaited moment ,which is one of those that happens once in a liftetime !!! This World Cup has definitely brought ppl and the whole nation together . Team India deserved it and has very well proved that .

Posted by QingdaoXI on (April 2, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

This is best ever fianl of the world cup. is it i want repy my friends both India and Srilanka were equal and so was pakistan but only two teams can play final. We asian won. Congrates to Asia.

Posted by rko_rules on (April 2, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

CONGRATSSS & Enjoy everyone this moment, this occasion and these scenes will remain in our eyes forever till death. LOVE U INDIA

Posted by Ckt_Lover on (April 2, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

63 runs robbed from the last 5overs.. then sehwag and sachin back in the hut.. 275 seemed like a dream afar.. as an indian fan, i feared that after an exciting journey right till this final, my team is up for a sad anticlimax.. but what a way they bounced back like true champions.. this indian team spells real magic.. hats off and my salutes to you MSD, and your men in blue.. a world cup for india.. what more can the most of passionate indian fans possibly ask for.. thank you for making a billion indian dreams come true.. we really owe you much more.. cheers fellow comrades.. cheers forever !!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

thanks for the birthday gift, indian team is really played for our country, thanks for the whole indian team and the supporters by P.MAN

Posted by QingdaoXI on (April 2, 2011, 21:41 GMT)

Had i have not been indian i would have still supported sachin because there are only two legends cricket gods living in thi era sachin and murli, so murli had already won in 1996 this time it was sachin, cheers for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the asian cricket Cheers Asiaaaaaaaaa.

Posted by dibbu on (April 2, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

Laugh, scream, cry, laugh, cry, jump, sing, laugh.... OMG! sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy!!!!

Posted by AjayVijayan on (April 2, 2011, 21:36 GMT)

INDIA.....INDIAA.........INDIAAA............... A Proud Moment for the Nation, for the people of India and for the INDIAN Team Members who made this a truly unforgettable encounter and worldcup. Yeah this WC belongs to you sir,,,,, the one and only great champion Sachin Tendulkar.... You have been our inspiration, you have been our master and our hope.

This is the answer to everyone, to Sanga who doubted how we are Test No1, to Aussies who always used to belittle to us, to Bangladesh who over rated themselves against us...... But its a tribute to the gr8 champion side who have in its rank the finest expertise in Sachin, Sehwag, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Raina and Zaheer.....

It was a WCUP to remember for a long time after the 1999 WC. WCups 2983,87,92,99 were all supreme and this one adds to the list...

CHAKDE INDIA>............................

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

THIS WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE DAY IN MY LIFE AFTER A LONG TIME.VANDE MATARAM.HAVING A FULL BOTTLE OF BRANDY AND NO ONE IN THE HOUSE I REALLY ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT OF THIS WORLD CUP ON MY LCD TV AND I AM HAPPY TO C THE MAN THAT I RESPECT MOST IN THE WORLD THAN ENY OTHER LIFTING THE CUP MY SACHIN PAJI. I AM TRULY OVER THE MOON AND I AM NOT WRITING THIS BECAZ I AM FIT BUT THESE LINES ARE STRAIGHT FROM MY HART.CHAKDE INDIA

Posted by ABanandAvionics on (April 2, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

i am very happy .. i could not explain my words .. just want to say i am proud to be an indian

Posted by moBlue on (April 2, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

congratulations, my dear team india! i waited 28 years - and you had bitterly disappointed me in 2007 [in barbados when i had made plane reservations and bought tickets for the super-six stage, all of which went unused... while i remained broken-hearted] - but you played like true champions and showed your hunger to win today!!! :) what a way to lead by shouldering the responsibility and doing a masterful job under pressure, captain cool! you won over my skepticism about your leadership skills and captaincy today! what poetic irony that when tendulkar - despite playing with his huge hungry heart, focused like a laser beam, not unlike one in a [metaphorical] dream! - failed a team he had singlehandedly and routinely carried for lo-o-ong years, the next generation of talented indian cricketers decided to present him - as a token of all of our appreciation for his peerless national service- the one prize he has badly coveted [and perhaps secretly had believed he had to win for himself]!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

‎:( 5 ICC world cups in last 8 year time from that 3 Runners Up and 2 semi Finals Sri Lanka will be next Australians in Cricket near future lets pray in next world cups 2012(Sri Lanka) / 2014 (Bangaladesh) / 2015 (Australia & New Zealand) and 2016 (India) the cup will be ours and at last congrat Indians u were the BETTER side today

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (April 2, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

Speaking as an Australian, I would like to congratulate the Indians on creating history, in becoming the first host (or co-host) nation, to win the ICC World Cup. A well deserved win, and for SRT, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan and the mainstays of India who have played through thick and thin for India, it is a moment they will cherish for a long time. For the youngsters like Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina (who had little to do), this may well spur him on for the next 8 to 12 years, and Yuvraj Singh really matured during the tournament.

Being World Champions though, now means you have the target on your back, every team you play is going to want to beat you, but the spirit you've shown over the past 6 weeks suggests to me, that if you manage your players right, and find a replacement for SRT, India are capable of replicating Australia's World Cup dominance of 99, 2003 and 2007. Well done India.

Posted by max009 on (April 2, 2011, 21:20 GMT)

very well played Dhoni, great and historic step to move up the order. totally game changing decision, absolutely captain's innnings. great team effort. i dedicate the victory to the little master.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

thanks for all the wishes from Pakistan and Sri Lanka....way to goooooooooo TEAM INDIAAAAAAAAAAA !!! you all made us so proud today.

it is yet to sink in...but no words are enough for one great man...Gary Kirstan...we will miss you!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

Congrats All indian players.... I have no words to say .in this moment.. i am very happy ..bring the world cup... every body done good job...thanks sachin...thnks dhoni...thnks yuvraj...thnks kholi..thnks gambir.and thnks gari kirsteen...really i proud of our indian team..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

Oh....ho.......! What a blinder of a match....What a pressure match....Congratulations to Team Indian.....Simply Fantaaaastic Win....We are ICC Cricket World Champions 2011......!!! Many Congratulations to each player of the Indian Cricket Team....Especially, Gambhir, Kohli and the Captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni......! Enjoy......and Good luck for the future.....Cheers...Vinodh Nagaraj, Bangalore.

Posted by nhzaidi on (April 2, 2011, 21:15 GMT)

Congrats to all my Indian friends on this glory.. Hats of to Sachin and Murli, They say LEADERS ARE BORN NOT MADE, I say Legends are born not made. Truly World Cricket will always miss these two great heroes.

Once again congrats to Dhoni XI and 1.2 Billion Indians for winning this world cup.

Respect and Love from Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:14 GMT)

congrats indiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Posted by ushak1 on (April 2, 2011, 21:09 GMT)

What a win!! They almost looked like they are going to get defeated against multiple teams but came out on top on every occasion. Many indian commentators always felt they make not make it the end.That is what champions do, find a way to win. I hope this champion streak stays with this team for many years.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

Congratulations to team India on their world cup victory , i'm a Pakistani and really feel happy to see india win because after Pakistan its team India i support. This world cup was special for Sachin (such a good player). Dhoni was outstanding with the captaincy. Now i really want to see India Pakistan series , which will be worth watching. To me the Best two teams in the world are Pakistan and India.

Posted by NKSUDHIR on (April 2, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

Chakk De India and Congratulations Team India and special congratulations to Sachin!!!! It is a dream come true for all of us!!!I am one of billions of proud fans of Team India, living in Toronto Canada and enjoyed the whole game with my fellow Indians!!! Love you Team India!!!

Posted by sweetspot on (April 2, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

All right India! Job well done! Now let's lift the rest of the country to match the standards set by our cricket team.

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 2, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

Well played and Congrats India, we tried our best but it wasn't good enough on the day. You played the better cricket and deserved to win. I am still very proud of our boys and will always be proud to be a Sri Lankan. Five days to go till yhe ipl starts. Looking forward to our boys coming here to England soon.

Posted by CricketFollowers on (April 2, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

If you are lions or tigers go and live in jungle only Human beings can play cricket, INDIA the WORLD CHAMPIONS 2011. Yupppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

Posted by analyseabhishek on (April 2, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

Had I not been Indian, I think I would still have wanted India to lift the cup for the sake of Sachin- just like I had sincerely wished for Goran Ivanisevic's maiden Wimbledon title in 2001!

Posted by Tasha7 on (April 2, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

1983-the year that went down in history as the year India won their first world cup. Kapil Dev and his team made the nation proud and India revelled in the team's success. 2007-India won the first ever twenty 20 tournament after beating neighbors Pakistan in a very exciting final. Dhoni led his team to a new record. 2009-India reached the top of the test rankings. Dhoni and his team could do no wrong. 2011-History repeats itself as India lifts the coveted trophy yet again. Dhoni and his team do it again. Sachin has a World Cup win among the myriad other accomplishments under his belt. Gary Kirsten has proven to be true inspiration. Yuvraj has silenced his critics and responded to his demotion to class B by winning the Man of the Tournament! Gambhir is a rising star who bailed his team out of certain death. And Dhoni.....perhaps India's most successful captain. Congratulations India! You made us proud.....yet again!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

Bharatha Matha Ki jai. Hidustan Zindabad. Congrats to Team India and Sri Lanka for a Good Match unlike one sided finals. Ultimately the Best team has Won the Tournament. Proud moment for all indians Across Globe.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:57 GMT)

Congratulations to ourselves!!! We did it!! Salute to the Indian team. Thanks for all the people who have been supporting Team India. Best moment. Cant forget this.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

FABULOUS TRIUMPH! Thank you Dhoni and team! Congratulations, you did teh nation and yourselves proud! And the fans who did not lose faith in the team today, congratulations! Celebrate a world triumph!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 2, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

The worst thing for world cricket. The BCCI will now be even more influential now. Tharanga 2 of 20 proved costly in the end.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Chakde India!! Great team effort!! Gautam,Zaheer and Yuvi are the real stars!! And Dhoni played when it matters the most!! Bravo genius... Salam to our Coool captain Dhoni!!

Jai Ho!! .. Congrats Team India!! Congrats all Indians... I am a proud Indian after 28 years!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Happiest day of my life !!! Truly a indescribable feeling to see Team INDIA lift the World Cup..It took 28 long years for history to repeat itself...and I think this day is truly the day every one of the billion Indians will be proud of...GOD BLESS INDIA !!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

All glories to Team India. Its a dream come true for me as an Indian. Its a one Jewel that missing from Sachin Tendulkar's crown and now its fulfilled with that. Feeling proud of my team. Thanks a lot to M S Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir for their timely splendid innings. After appearing in 6 world cups, that time came for S R Tendulkar. I hope he will be on top of the moon.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Congrats India.But we are very proud of our Sri Lankan team.Though we lost the match splendid sportsmanship shown.Great speech at the end from Sanga.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

congrats to team india...Dhoni Is my favourite captain and he has proved it....

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

India India India................ you r the Best in the BEST................. And Dhoni..... wow wt a innings...................... i'm a srilankan but a true indian supporter.......

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:50 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS TO INDIAN CRICKET TEAM AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO " GAUTHAM, DHONI AND KHOLI FROM INDIA ALSO A SPECIAL THANKS TO A GOOD KNOCK FROM MAHELA FROM SRI LANKA. WELL DONE INDIA.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:50 GMT)

Very Inspiring Win From Indian Team !!!! Congrats to India Team ....

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:50 GMT)

india win next WORLD CUP 100%

BACK TO BACK

THIS IS TRUE MY FRIENDS

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:49 GMT)

congrates to our indians to brought world cup after 28 yrs.

Posted by crickiguy on (April 2, 2011, 20:49 GMT)

Virat got VIRATER by the comment he made...splendid words from a young member of the TEAM INDIA!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

was expecting d "helicopter shot" to finish things of for india.....must say not very dissapointed either.....dhoni....ur d best.....wat a time to come good....??...stil anybody's got doubts abt his credentials as captain....or was it with jus luck being on his side al d time he did it....itz all crap....applaud one of d greatest leaders india has eva produced....clap clap clap....proud to be an Indian in general and a dhoni admirer in particular......

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

this wc belongs to india,to tendulkar. yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!sachin deserves it

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (April 2, 2011, 20:45 GMT)

I am happy to see so many appreciating for winning, Indian, team. Thanks for support from Pak, Eng and all other teams. Dhoni is the man after Sachin main reason for this WC. Also Don't forget first SA person, Gary Kristen, being part of the WC. He was terrific and dedicated despite being very very silent. Thanks to SA for producing such a dedicated person.

Posted by TheGecko on (April 2, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Where are the firecrackers when you need them? Stupid shopkeepers, how dare they think that they are bought only for diwali:)

Posted by srisri on (April 2, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Congrats to TEAM INDIA. Gr8 gift to Sachin. It makes me more happy since its achieved by the youngsters, who are our future... assuring our dominance for some time to come....Go India. Thanx Sachin... you r such a joy to watch over 2 decades.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

I said SL will miss Jayasuria.................and they did when they were against strong side......................the teams who dont value their legends deserve to lose & they did too......................I had earlier said PK will miss shoaib malik & Akhtar ................and SA will miss Gibbbs anf they all did.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

Congratulations Team India. You guys are lucky to have Dhoni as your sensible captain

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

Thanks team India you have given smile to 1.2 billion people. Whole India is celebrating. New era of India has arrived on the world stage with a bang. Dhoni is the greatest captain of India.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

This team has gone about doing their business..unlike others and their supporters who made tall claims..before every match since the knockouts...one for team india..one for sachin...great work...silent performers... :)

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

currently I am a proud Indian...we are the world.........feel it.........

Posted by Chalith_Sameera on (April 2, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

It was just passed 100, but it was most exiting innings I have ever seen. Well done Mahela. Most people do not agree with the man of series....Even thought Yuvi got runs and wickets Dilshan was miles above him thought the tournament. But anyway Lions were able to save 11 Hoses of Indian players. Great job. Lions are Lions forever.....!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

guys..we have proved the world that we are the deserving no.1. Is there anybody still there doubt it???

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

Woah man....what an innings frm Dhoni...d captain stepped up to d big occasion.....salute..!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

India !! You deserved to be the World Champs again !! The cup is the result of team effort n hard-work from the players and the support crew who work behind the scene..GARY you are the man !! Congratulation to the whole of India !!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

India Rocks !!!! We are No.1

Posted by yamin101 on (April 2, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

Congrats India........ A fan from Pak

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

Congratulations team India for the fabulous victory. You worked and fought hard, made tough decisions, played sensible cricket and that's why you won. Keep going!!

Posted by Night-Watchman on (April 2, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

The ONLY TEAM to have EVER won a world cup final CHASING a serious target till now was Sri Lanka in 1996. Now India have joined them in the highest ever run chase in the finals. Shows character and they will be unstoppable, such will be their self-belief.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

congrats TEAM INDIA, i hope they will continue their form in future as a tag of WORLD CHAMPIONS on them

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

Congratulations !!! Men In Blue today is the day you showed that,we world champions...wow ...nothing more now..you people did it...im very happy 2day..And im proud that im an Indian and im proud of My Indian team !!! India Rocks !!! Dhoni as a Captain Rocks !!!!!! Sachin Rocks !!!! Gambhir too good.. Virat good feilder... Zak awsome front line blower... Yuvi all Rounder.. Raina too gud feilder Bhaji too good.. Viru awsome..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

Great team effort and great leadership...Wonderful moments to cherish. Feeling sorry for Murali...he is truly a great human being and a cricketer. Sad that we won't be seeing him again in International matches. Srilanka was really a wonderful opponent and all Srilankans should be proud of their team.

Posted by Rajeev129 on (April 2, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

If this final had held in Colombo instead in Mumbai we could have seen different scenes.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

Congratulations !!! Men In Blue today is the day you showed that,we world champions...wow ...nothing more now..you people did it...im very happy 2day..And im proud that im an Indian and im proud of My Indian team !!! India Rocks !!! Dhoni as a Captain Rocks !!!!!! Sachin Rocks !!!! Gambhir too good.. Virat good feilder... Zak awsome front line blower... Yuvi all Rounder.. Raina too gud feilder Bhaji too good.. Viru awsome..

Posted by GasPipe on (April 2, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

I feel so bad for Jayawardene. That has to have been one of his greatest hundreds he has ever scored, it really was a thing of beauty. But to lose a final, and to feel one of your best batting performances didn't mean anything must be awful. Sri Lanka, you fought hard and showed some brilliance, and I give you my condolences.

But Dhoni, even though he didn't score a hundred, showed the most fantastic leadership I have seen in years, and Gambhir rose to the occasion when Tendulkar was unable. Congratulations to the Inidan team; I actually did not believe you would win the World Cup, but you have proved me wrong and you played some outstanding cricket, congratulations once again and enjoy the moment!

From New Zealand.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

Tears of 1996 eden gardens heart break wiped out today, thanks Men in blue for making us World Champions...

Posted by OhPakistan on (April 2, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

Congratulations - Imposing India, Incredible performance in finals ! Devastating Dhoni Delivered !

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

WAY TO GO INDIA!!!!!! We'll cherish the memory of this win for several years to come!!! I wish they will continue to repeat this performance in the 2015 world cup!!! If OZs can do it 3 in a row, we definitely can!!!!

Posted by samincolumbia on (April 2, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

INIDA - KING OF CRICKET!! #1 in tests and now the World Cup!!

I don't see fans from other countries (Australia, Pak) here?!

Posted by cricketLover123 on (April 2, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

Congratulations to India.Im a die hard Sri Lankan fan and not a big fan of the Indian cricket team, but i hv to say that India deserved to win this match as they had v v tough quarters and semi finals matches in the tournament and for that reason they did deserve to win the final.In the end the fielding was the main difference between the 2 sides today.I have never seeing India field the way they did today and although the lankan fielding was good it couldnt match up to the Indians, that is what i see as the main reason.But im also very very proud of our boys as they have performed v v well right throughout the tournament.So well done Sanga and the boys.But as a final request to the Indian people and media.Please be humble in your victory.cheers. Congrat again.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

What a terrific match.Well done India.Congarts Sachin.Happiest moment in our life

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

INDIA!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Thoughts also go out to Murali. Not the best way for the master to bow out but sadly sports can be cruel.

Posted by vmallela81 on (April 2, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

THANK YOU - SEHWAG, SACHIN, GAMBHIR, KOHLI, DHONI, YUVRAJ, RAINA, HARBHAJAN, ZAHEER, MUNAF, SREESANTH, YOUSUF, ASHWIN, PIYUSH, NEHRA, PRAVEEN & SUPPORT STAFF. You made India Proud.

Posted by TRAM on (April 2, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

Thanks to the world cup winning Kirsh Srikkanth for selecting the right combination for another world cup win and always talking positive and motivating the Indian team.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

congrates Dhoni and team for coming out on top despite tremendous pressure like situation. I am very proud of you guys.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

we made a history..the gift for unity & hard working... this victory not only for indian nation, for all the crazy fan of indian team,,,,,,,,,i am from srilanka, bt ............love you India...u made a great job,,,nothing to say...wanna cry.....jai hind

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:24 GMT)

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We woooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnn!!!! Hum Jeet Gaye... i!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! successfully bleeded in blue :D I can't hear anything bt the explosions of shells.....nobody tried 2 keep me out of shells...... It's more than diwali....... after all its happened again after 28 years........................ the same 2nd april... the same saturday....

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (April 2, 2011, 20:24 GMT)

A match befitting an ICC Worl Cup Final.

Posted by VipulPatki on (April 2, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

I am overjoyed!!! Thanks to Sri Lankan team and fans a well. I hope this is as good an occasion to end the needless acrimony that had crept up in the past few months.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

Hearty Congrats TEAM INDIA ----- accept this from bigger Team India i.e. team of 1.21Billion Indians ! Enjoy the moment as it has come by your sheer determination & hard work & countless wishes that all of 1.21B. MSD is undoubtedly the great Leader & most importantly a grounded human being. !! Time we all Indian just get converted to 1 single religion called INDIAN CRICKET. 3 Cheers deshbhakton..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

congratulation to all indians around the world for a great victory in the world cup,and really team india deserves to be the champion.............................

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

congrats to all india...tremendous job by zaheer,bhajji,dhoni,gauti,kohli & yuvi for the special efforts today......

Posted by India_Jai_Ho on (April 2, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

I'm an Indian fan and this is the proudest moment in my life. This Indian team has shown that it can deliver in pressure situations. India was by far the strongest team in the tournament both technically and mentally and they deserved to lift the Cup. Jai Hind!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

Leader to follow Dhoni. Not afraid to take any decision. cool....Start with T20 World cup...Test Cricket Leader......IPL Winner ...now World Cup Cricket 2011....Many many Congratulation Dhoni and Team India!!!!....Congratulation for Sachin for Life Time achievement!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by kp_jersey on (April 2, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

What a moment.What a team effort ! What a super captain ! Congratulations India......I am so happy. Kohli's comments about Sachin were so true it gave me goosebumps and brought a lump to my throat. For a 21 year old to keep his head and show such insight and maturity minutes after such a famous victory... amazing.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

We WON - YES WE Won we bleed blue - Bandeeeee Mataraaaaaaam

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

congrats to all This is one of the best wins ever with the captain leadin from front Sachin deserves the WC in his career

Posted by Huntsman on (April 2, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

What a moment in history!! I;ve been cheering world cup for sachin!! its just not him anymore! individual glory goes out of the windohe tw! its world cup for INDIA! all team! So proud!! Indiaaaaaa India!!!! awesome! Cup for Sachin!! Glory for the team!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

wow india won..MSD rocks :)

Posted by san6489 on (April 2, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

credits to dhoni..finally a captain innings to be rememberd in world cup history.....cheers team india

Posted by Sreelal_SS on (April 2, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

Great farewell 2 Sachin..!!!!!!!!!...

Posted by shrastogi on (April 2, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

Well done Team India. You have done us proud. To young Indian team members - keep your head firmly on your shoulders. Remember Australia has won three in a row. Can you do it for India ? Dhoni's move to promote him knowing well that Yuvraj has struggled against Murli was a masterstroke. Why doesnt ICC have a fair play award , if it is there why wasnt it announced at presentation. Indian team could have won that as well. Three incidents - in non pressure situation Tendulkar walked against WI, Ashish Nehra wasnt sure if he had taken the catch in a pressure situation against Pakistan and In today match if in pressure situation Gautam Gambhir hasnt moved away from ball it would have been very difficult for Dilshan to catch Kohli. Nice guys also win. Ponting should learn something from this.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

Hats off to Dhoni and Co. They couldn't have given the little master a better present to the god himself. All hail India!!!!!!! Jai Hind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

CONGRATS Team INDIA and all people of India across the globe. Dhoni saved his best for final.. Awesome match.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

Too Good Team India! Way to go !!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

Thank You Dhoni & Gary Kirsten. Thank You.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 2, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

WOW ! my team India are WORLD CHAMPIONS !!! I am so emotional now. Words cannot even describe the feelings I have for my nation and my team. I want to kiss my nation's soil and roll over it. I live in Canada and today my heart will beat for India. We are the world's best !!! Well tried Sri Lanka. You were gracious in defeat. We are world champions and today I am so proud to be Indian. I LOVE MY INDIA !!!! JAI HIND.

Posted by Kamalakantameher on (April 2, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

Sachin's dream fulfilled and he is the only person who motivated entire team to perform 150%.Hats up to TEAM INDIA.Bande mataram

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

Congratulation INDIAN TEAM!!!!SPECIALY DHONI,GAMBIR,YUVI................

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

We are champions :) :) :) ... Murali, you're a legend and true champion.. Thanks a lot for the memories... :)

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

Heartiest congratulations to India on a well deserved and well earned cricket ODI world cup 2011 victory achieved for the 1st time by any nation on its own soil.

Posted by vipinchaudhary2325 on (April 2, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

Sachin finally got his WC after so many years... great present for Genius.. I think Sachin will retire now from ODI, after playing one more series...

Posted by AeyKay on (April 2, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

Why the espn writers are hesitating in praising Indian Players... This site is most critical of Indian Players, come on espn try to be neutral & love the Indian Team. India rules the world of cricket and you are just a service provider.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

Winners of the The T20 World Cup, The Cricket World Cup 60 overs and now a third straight Incredible win to lift The Cricket World Cup 50 overs! Oh we are also The Undisputed Test Champions among a dozen other major successes since 2009. I wonder if there is any other team in any other sport in any part of this Universe that enjoys this level of undisputed prowess in a recognized sport.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

Congratulation India and Sachin.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

Hats of to Inidan Team,....................... Finally the Dream come True........................I love India................ We are blessed to have Sachin in India ........................................... Even Dhoni,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Who made all our Dreams come True........................... Congrats Team,,............ For the unforgetable moment.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, going to have a deep Sleep with full of fullfillnes.....................................................................................

Posted by Ganes.V on (April 2, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

Congrats India.Well done.Dhoni palyed a SUPERB innings when it mattered most! Zaheer was unbelievable towards the end of SL innings!It showed what pressure can do even to the best.Similarly Malinga also showed what pressure did to him towards the end.His yorkers went wrong which even allowed Dhoni to sweep one. Not to forget Gambhirs innings.Very valuable when India needed someone to anchgor ably supported by kohli who is a very good prospect for a future captaincy. The words he chose to describe when Sachin was being carried by players said it all.The whole team played well and SL were just out done by a better team today.India didnt repeat what they did against South Africa in the league match.All went well for them today.Yuvi as expected got the player of series for an allround show and Dhoni the MOM.But the point to be noted is that three players from SL were in the top five rungetters but only 1 from India- supposedly having the best batting line upWorth a thought.Zak top amg wkts

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

Mera Bharat Mahan !!!! Finally we did it. What a feeling to get this done on home soil !! Congrats INDIA !!!!

Posted by kensank on (April 2, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

Trinidad fans salutes Team India on their fine victory in the World Cup. We were backing you all the way.Welcome to the West Indies in June.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

So the master finally got what he wanted...!But i'm not happy with the way he got out once again at the most imp occassion....But still u deserve it...CONGRATULATIONS***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Posted by Dhitik on (April 2, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

Gr8 performance team India....just when kohli's wicket fell, I had said, if Dhoni comes out to bat now ahead of Yuvi, it will be real statement as the leader, and he just did that and also won it handsomely for India.....gr8 one Dhoni....gr8 one team India......many times we Indians forget that it is a job of gr8 responsibility and pressure captaining Indian team, every decisions by you (captain) comes under scanner, which u beautifully summed up to Ravi Shastri....all the best..............hurray.....feel lucky to watch this Indian team.......Jai Hind

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

well played team india,you deserved it,great captaincy by dhoni through out and his calming influence did for ya,ll have a great night,part hard:) wahab from pakistan

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

Winners of the The T20 World Cup, The Cricket World Cup 60 overs and now a third straight Incredible win to lift The Cricket World Cup 50 overs! Oh we are also The Undisputed Test Champions among a dozen other major successes since 2009. I wonder if there is any other team in any other sport in any part of this Universe that enjoys this level of undisputed prowess in a recognized sport.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

INDIA DEFEATS THE FORMER CHAMPIONS, ARCH RIVALS, AND THE LIONS!!! AND BEATS THE PAST 3 UNIQUE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS. THIS IS.. THE.. BIGGEST!!!!!!!

Posted by Assasinator_007 on (April 2, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

CHAKDEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what win...I am sooooooooooooooooooo happy. love you Sachin you deserved it. Team India you made us all proud.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

Congrats team ..... I have nothing much to say... Loved the moment wen our team lifted the world cup... we have fought for it and we deserve it .... Congrats guys......As Sachin's fan ....I wanted to team to win the world cup for him...As an INDIAN ... I wanted the world cup to be ours.... Thanks team INIDA ... you'll did it for every cricket lover... The most happiest moment for the whole nation at the same time would just only be this... WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

MEN IN BLUE ROCK!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

Dhoni is the best of the best..........Go India go..........

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

A VERY DESERVING VICTORY..... THANKS TO GAMBIR, KHOLI AND DHONI.... DHONI TOO VERY HUMBLE.... A GREAT CAPTAIN HE IS......

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

Well played team India. You played better cricket, reflected the pressure to the opposition. Really deserves to be the champion..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

india deserves dis cup!!cum to daddy wrldcup!!:P

Posted by the_blue_android on (April 2, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

I've been dreaming to see this moment since 1992 WC, finally it comes true. This is for you Sachin!

Posted by Trinlo on (April 2, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Thank you Pakistan for your support. We could see the true sporting spirit. We Indians are very proud of our team. It's a dream come true. This team deserved it.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

Hurrraaayyyyyy!!! What a moment!!!!! Dhoni rocks!!! Sachin rocks!!! Yuvi rocks!!! Team India Rocks!!! Cricket rocks!!! Now IPL fever will start!! Cricket at its best!!

Posted by ozzipom on (April 2, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

Congratulations to all Indians around the world for a great World Cup victory, and hats off. You were the better team in the final and enjoy the moment while you can. From a die hard England fan.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Great Team effeort...BiG thanks to garry and special thanks to sachin ,Yuvi,Zaheer and Raina for taking it door steps and hearlty congrats to Gambir and Dhoni peaking at right time...

Thanks team india to winning the cup and making india to be proud..

JAI HIND......

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Congratulations TEAM INDIA. You guys deserve it!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:43 GMT)

Love You Team India.... U proved it after going thru the tough path Vs AUS Vs PAK Vs SRI..the 0ther best teams.... Its one of the best moment to see Sachin holding the cup... he deserves it..we Love u Sachin... Wat Amazed me is the way stepped up their fielding in all knock out matches..sign of Chanmpions...Dhoni... u proved ur a captains material...ur knock is better than those Six filled Knocks... Hurray...it's Party Time..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

At last We Won World Cup and bring the Trophy to OUR BEAUTIFUL LAND...INDIA...

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

I was watching cricket since last 18 years and I have been waiting for this moment.. Dream Come True... This Day will go down in History as Proud moment for India.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

What a historic night for indians....!!!! we are proud to be indian and today one more reason to be proud... hats off to team india...dhoni and team did a fantastic job in last couple of weeks has given a smile on billions of faces for ever for ever..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

Well played India. You deserved this victory! Sachin we love you! From Pakistan. Peace =)

Posted by chishtyirfan on (April 2, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

Captain cool MS Dhoni & the team has done it for India. The CHAMPION !!!! The World Cup Cricket 2011...BRAVO !!!!!!!!!!Lot's of Cheer ........

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

**********************FINALLY THE WORLD CUP 2011 GOES TO INDIA***************** *************INDIAN TEAM WE ARE PROUD FOR YOUR CONSISTENCE PERFORMENCE*********** ************************YOU DESERVE TO BE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS*********************

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

wow...salute to team india.. well played under pressure..virat played outstanding knock with gambhir that laid path towards the glory..we deserve the win .....congrats to sl they hardly gave up the game...

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:36 GMT)

It is a deserving victory achieved through competence , collective effort and character Indian dominance is here to stay in all forms of cricket in years to come Their victory in last three matches spoke volume about their self belief It is a fitting finale.The prime mover behind this Indian vehicle is the passion of millions of Indian followers--Jai Hind

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

congrats india...............................

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

Extrodinary performance by Gambhir and Dhoni....Dhoni deserves the Man of the Match..Hatsoff to tema India..Sachin's dream came true

Posted by alexrotta on (April 2, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

Congratulations team India ! It was great. We again had this momemt of pride after 28 years. Thanks a lot.

It is a fitting reply to all our critics and detractors. It was completly a team game especially since sachin and Sehwag made only 18 runs between them.

Salute to Dhoni; who played a captain's knock at the most difficult situation. Zaheer who never allowed the srilankan openers to settle. Otherwise who knows whether India had to chase the same target as in 2003 finals.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (April 2, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

Sachin and Dhoni deserves this WC. My heartful wishes to Mutthiah Murali.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

Dhoni has made it!! Hats of to you. We rock again after 28 years. Thank you very much for this entertainment. I'm Loving it :)

Posted by Sam_Patel_US on (April 2, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

Team India...The World Champion ! What a Final ! Will remember this game rest of my life....Looking at sachin Tendulkar holding the world cup brought tears in my eyes...That Man waited so long for this moment....True Legend.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

Love you TEAM INDIA... You guys make us the proud WORLD CHAPMIONS...

Posted by oyoy on (April 2, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

Inshallah .... the best TEAM won. Different people stepped up in different games. At long last India has a TEAM and a captain worthy of leading that team. Glory comes ones way when no individual seeks it. Now people should not concentrate on just one person but praise the entire team.

Posted by Cricket_Junky on (April 2, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

I am from Pakistan and from all Pakistanis here Congratulations to Team India on Winning the World Cup. Well Done...

Posted by Divinetouch on (April 2, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

Jai Hind! BHAGAVAN ensured the victory and rewarded the Indian team and especially Sachin for carrying out their duties.

Posted by manoj23yuvraj on (April 2, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

AT LAST THEY DID NOT EVEN LET DHONI TO TOUCH THE TROPHY

INDIA IS THE BEST

CONTINUE WINNINIG INDIA...............INDIA

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

sexiiest match...watee finish...!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

wat a match it is !!! history created

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

great team................. throughout the tournament....indian player played like real champion................sachin i like to give salote........u has finished ur all dreams.......................................

Posted by manoj23yuvraj on (April 2, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

india.........india............ sachin.......sachin......... yuvi...........yuvi........... zaheer.........zaheer......... mahi...........mahi........... viru...........viru.......... gautam.........gautam...... CHAK DE INDIA

Posted by Dinesh_R on (April 2, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

Since the day I started watching cricket I was looking forward to the day when Sachin will bring the World Cup back home to India..But after 21 years of carrying the hopes of a nation it only seems befitting that the World Cup came home to Sachin

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

Congrats INDIA cheers!!!! Best moment in life where i had tears almost for half-an-hour,Thnxxx all......

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

Sri Lanka should not have dropped Mendis and Herath India should have played Ashwin. Better Team on the day won.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

WAT A GAME OF CRICKET.............................

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

WE ARE THE WORLD !!!! HIP HIP HURRAY !!!!! :-)

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

SREESANTH IS REALY A LUCKY CHARM FOR INDIAN TEAM

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

I'M PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

we r the world champion ..reail i cant belive ...no word to say ..oh my god ....we r world champion ....reaily ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by sunilgates on (April 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

A special knock from MSD. I think he reserved it for final match.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

congratulations india- a well deserved win best of luck to Pakistan for the next worldcup :)

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

MSD said some important words like selection of the best 11 or choose an option between two or three .. its only unity of the team, which actually worked and they deserved the moment .. I personally thank MSD to make us feel that we can do it apart from any controversies around ..

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

Congratulations India! But I'm very proud of Sri Lankan team. Played great cricket today and consequent runners up at WORLD CUP! This indicates consistency if any nothing else.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

We salute you TEAM INDIA!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (April 2, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

Congrats to Team India...Hatsoff to Indian Coach Gary Kristen and legends Sachin, Murali. Good game by both teams. Dhan dhana dhan Dhoni has answered all the questions. SL was very stubborn and very well played. First time I appreciated Sanga for his humble comments.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ksingh7304 on (April 2, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Congrats fellow Indians on this sensational Win. Team you deserved it.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Both teams chose the wrong players Sri Lanka had four changes. Mendis and Herath should have played. Ashwin should have played for India. However the better team on that day won. It was an enjoyable match.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:16 GMT)

Congrats India, a well deserved win.

Posted by Maneshae on (April 2, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Congratulations India! I'll admit, Im still a little bitter after the semi final clash! But you guys really did deserve it! Enjoy the moment! Awesome see off for Tendulkar!

Posted by fahad-hamid on (April 2, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

CONGRATES ......... INDIA ..... YOU REALLY WORKED HARD

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

Congratulations INDIA! .... i am crazy with joyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by sidzy on (April 2, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

congrats india...MS led from front & hard luck SL for 2nd time in a row.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

Well done India and well done Sri Lanka. Both buyer and seller did well and made good money for the bookies. So did ICC whose name should be changed to Indian Cricket Council.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

Congratulations Team India on winning the world cup. They proved that they were better team than the other favourites. To win the cup they had to beat Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and they did just that :)

Congratulations India and Team India from Pakistan.

Posted by Sri999 on (April 2, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

Congratulations to all of India!!!

Enjoy the moment. It really does not get any better than this.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

All gods are now sending flowers on indian team in mumbai.......

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

Finally... The History Repeated..!!! We Made it..!!!! INDIA WON THE FINALS..!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

Congratulations INDIA! .... i am crazy with joyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by coolguyrocks on (April 2, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

We salute you dear TEAM INDIA... You've brought SMILES on every INDIAN cricket fans....JAI HIND

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:07 GMT)

Can I call it or what!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 19:07 GMT)

sachin dreams come 2two true..............................................................

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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