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

'I couldn't control my tears of joy'

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 2, 2011

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An emotional Yuvraj Singh is embraced by Suresh Raina, India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, April 2, 2011
Several Indian players couldn't control their emotions © AFP

"I couldn't have asked for anything more than this. Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. Thanks to my team-mates. Without them, nothing would have happened. I couldn't control my tears of joy."
Sachin Tendulkar, who's played six World Cups, on his best moment

"I took a quite few decisions tonight, if we hadn't won I would have been asked quite a few questions: Why no Ashwin, why Sreesanth, why no Yuvraj, why did I bat ahead?! That pushed me and motivated to do well"
MS Dhoni puts a light spin on his selection decisions ahead of India's title win

"This is unbelievable. The Under-19 World Cup, then the World Twenty20 but this is the most special. For Sachin, for everyone else."
Yuvraj Singh, the Player of the Tournament, sums it up

"Very proud of everyone, especially Mahela who rose up to the occasion and put up a great hundred. When you look at this Indian team anything less than 350 looks less! They deserved this title, the way they played in front of a great crowd."
Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, is gracious in defeat

"All credit goes to Sachin Tendulkar. We played for him. Beating Australia and Pakistan and now this, its a dream come true."

Gautam Gambhir, who gave India the upper hand in the final with his 97

"It means the world to me. I have been part of the three World Cups. This is for the nation. Thank you very much, we love you. This cup is for the people. Love you India!"
Harbhajan Singh was among several Indian players who shed a tear following India's victory

"This goes out to all the people of India. This is my first World Cup; I can't ask for more. Tendulkar has carried the burden of nation for 21 years; It was time we carried him. Chak de India!"
Virat Kohli leads the Tendulkar tributes


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Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

west wishe's all indian team player win the world cup.Goti played veery well in the finel match.Goti & kohli paternership is the important part of match.overall all indian team effert then win the world cup.sachin's dreem is complet.

Posted by Sreejith on (April 4, 2011, 22:46 GMT)

Where is this "Kiwirocker" went .... not seeing him commenting after Pak lost in semi's!! is he alive..

Posted by Hardalbir on (April 4, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

What a feeling for ..cant explain . I love you India and indian team ..they played like champions in knockout stage ..Yuvraj,Sachin,dhoni,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina , Zaheer , Harbhajan , Shewag, its team effort .. Congrats to all Indians ... :))

Posted by Vincent on (April 4, 2011, 13:18 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

The childlike joy writ on Sachin Tendulkar's face alone was enough for watching this live in the stadium; that his team-mates also considered him God and no less, was evident from the way he carried him, with pride to be doing it, the awe in the air. The enormity of the achievement will be known down the generations when India does not win the world cup. It will be felt when we lack the finesse of a player of Sachin's cadre out in the middle, involved 100% and more, in whatever he does - batting, running, fielding, bowling, egging on his team-mates or praying in the dressing room when his captain hit that towering six to seal the game. Only a Sachin could do that.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

Great team effort from the Indian team. Never lost the battle till the finish. It is a fitting tribute to Sachin who has lived cricket and also a fitting farewell treat to the coach Gary Kirsten.

Wonderful feeling.... :)

Posted by Subba on (April 4, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

As his teammates took turns to carry him around, I was lucky to be present at Wankhede Stadium to witness history. That face of character exuding childlike natural joy, complexion blossoming red with emotion, relief and ultimate pride - it was like watching the same 17 year old cherubic lad who shook the world out of slumber with his early exploits. I did have a few tears myself and let them flow without shame, as I waved and waved to him while he was carried past me just a few meters away. My day and life was made. This was the look I wanted to see in the Master's eyes! This was the expression which the entire Indian team owed him. They had to gift this to the man who had only given and given to Indian cricket all along! God Bless him.

Posted by vinod on (April 4, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

Its very very great feeling beyond expression to note that India has won the coveted World Cup after a gap of 28 years and that too on our own soil. Kudos to the gr8 Indian team. To all my fellow writers let me tell you this is not a Sachin victory, it is an Indian victory. Almost all of the players have contributed their role. Sehwag and Kohil started off against Bangladesh, Yuvraj carried along the league stages and quarter/semi wins and it was left for Gambhir, Kohli and Dhoni to give the finishing touches. Never forget the terrific fielding trio of Yuvi, Raina and Kohli. In the finals atleast 30-35 runs were saved, even Sreesanth saved 2 runs at one stage.So its a combined team effort not a Sachin alone show. Srilanka did give us a scare by removing Sehwag and Sachin early but Kohli and Gambhir held the innigns together at a crucial stage and Dhoni/yuvraj put in the last nail in Lankan coffin. Team India has won and I am happy for that. Kudos

Posted by p on (April 4, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

India wins the World Cup !!!.....SACHIN wins the World Cup !!!....My Life is now Complete......I can die in total peace.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

Dhoni's Grit, Coolness, Aggression, Attitude and Courage gave birth to several "Dhonis" on 02APR2011!!! The winning hit of Dhoni and his eyes showed to the entire world that India has arrived!! A true warrior!! Hero of the nation!!

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