India on a high

Dhoni and his men in blue have etched their names in gold in the annals of achievements. Unlike the last time when India lifted the cup under Kapil, 2011 World Cup is a very special one because cricket has become a great passion among almost everyone in the country. With telly being a common commodity at every household unlike in 1983 when it was a luxury, people are not stopped in anyway from being glued to television screen and watch the country defeat the Island nation.

India became the first nation to win a World Cup final on home soil. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 in the final and was adjudged the man of the match. India’s Yuvraj Singh was declared the man of the tournament. The biggest upset of the torunament was the defeat of England by Ireland. Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien scored a century in just 50 balls (and a total of 113 off 63 balls), the fastest World Cup century, while Ireland made the highest successful run chase in World Cup history beating Sri Lanka’s 313 against Zimbabwe at New Plymouth in New Zealand in 1992.

Dhoni is now India’s most successful captain in limited-overs cricket, having won both the World Twenty20 and the World Cup, and when asked to explain his success, he laughed. “I’m lucky. I always get good players. The players have responded to me even if it’s a Test side, where there were senior players who were part of the side before I started playing for India. Then, the youngsters coming in have contributed a lot, they have been willing to give more than 100%.” He said it was “the character of the individuals [in the team] that helped us win this trophy.”

India’s win came inside the refurbished Wankhede Stadium, where the stands are now built on a vertical climb and the capacity has been reduced to 33,000. M.S.Dhoni was declared Player of the Match for his brilliant unbeaten inning of 91 runs from just 79 balls. Yuvraj Singh was declared Player of the Tournament for his all-round effort with bat and ball. He has taken 15 wickets in the tournament and scored 362 runs with an average of 90.50. BCCI also awarded each of the 15 players Rupees 1 Crore and 50 lakhs to each supporting staff and 25 lakhs to each of the Indian selectors.


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