India Wins 2011 Cricket World Cup

What a win at the end. First time a country won the cup in their home soil. Only, third time in the history a country chased a big total and won. When Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Shewag fell to Mallinga, I felt it was matter of time before SriLankans wrapped up the game. Not to be. Usually, Indians after losing early wickets used to crumble under pressure. Those miserable days were light years away as Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli came together in what was a crucial partnership. A partnership to consolidate and recoup. And when Virat Kohli departed after a good partnership, it looked like SriLankans might sneak back in. In came Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was out of form with bat for a year. He and Gambhir played some sensible innings by picking 1s and 2s keeping the asking rate within control.
Indian Team Celebrates 2011 World Cup Win
Gambhir exit at 97, did not bring relief to SriLankans as in-form Yuvaraj Singh came to join his captain in the middle. All along the innings, Indians did not go for flashy shots as most of the runs came through 1s, 2s, 3s and occasional 4s. In the end, Dhoni hit a well deserved winning six in the 49th over as India clinched home the world cup title. India is the first home country to do so despite facing the burden of being a favorite and playing in front of the home crowd.

Srilankans were outplayed in all departments of the game. Indians upped their fielding quality above that of SriLankans and also restricted Srilankans with some good bowling in the initial period.

India opened the account for the South Asian teams with a world cup win in 1983 against West Indies. Pakistan and SriLankans followed India in the later editions. It is India again which has opened the second round of win for the South Asian teams. As other sports like Football, Rugby and Tennis are taking away the talents in developed countries like England and Australia, may be South Asian teams will dominate the game in the coming decades. And it is better India is in the forefront to satisfy the cricket crazy nation.

Satisfaction should be double for India as India played some formidable opponents in the knock out stages. Both the matches against Australia and Pakistan showed the class of India. SriLankans on the other hand had some easy victory against week kneed opposition which did not put up any resistance to SriLankans. This came as a handicap for SriLankans as they faced a much tougher opponent in the final.

In the end it is India India. Crowd which was in the edge of the seat till 43rd over erupted in joy as Dhoni hit the winning run. Entire nation went in to celebration mode.

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