Saturday, April 2, 2011
Team India Win Cricket World Cup after 28 Years
Indian Cricket Team and its cool & gutsy skipper M S Dhoni did the nation proud by winning 2011 ICC World Cup. Its second victory in three finals, puts behind the poor outing in the last World Cup in Caribeans four years hence. As soon as the typical Dhoni hit sent cricket ball sailing well over long-on boundary, the whole nation plunged into night-long celebrations. India had defeated Srilanka by a comfortable 6 wickets at Mimbai's Wankhede Stadium late into the night on April 2, 2011.
It was truely a desrving victory for the Team which has been quite consistent in recent years. Dhoni and his devils showed that they are a game for tough challenge with captain leading by example. He was at his couragious best sticking to the gutsy decisions on feild. Else why would one replace a young bowler like Ashwin by Nehra in semis despite Ashwin bowling exceptionally well in the quarter-finals against reining champions Australia. M S Dhoni stood his gutsy grounds in picking up Sreesanth in place of injured Nehra while many expected Aswin a simple choice.
The captain couragious showed his mettle again when he chose to come in at the fall of 3rd wicket of Virat Kohli when team still had a long way to go and the asking rate quite competitive. Another wicket at that stage would have put a lot of pressure on the remaining batsmen and nobody knows which way the game would have gone. Though out of form in the Tourney so far, Dhoni promoted himself perhaps not just to prove a point, but as a part of the strategy to have left and right hand combination in the middle which would not allow bowlers to settle into a penetrative line & length. He himself admitted that had his decisions not borne the results, a lot of questions could have been raised.
However, the World cup victory has been sweetner and dream come true for everyone and above all to the playing-legend of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. This is one feather which alluded him in the five previous outings. But as they say the preseverence pays. The love, comitment, involvement and the hunger for success in the little Mastreo, inspires the entire dresssing room, hence one and all echoed- " This Cup is for the man- Sachin, who carried the burden and expections of whole country on his shoulders for 21 years". Only batsman to score a double Ton in one-dayers last year against South Africa in that country, Sachin is a true embassador of gentleman's game, entertaining the whole genre of cricket lovers and making country proud by his superb performances all along.
Team India stood to country's expectations. Congratualtions to one and all on the occasion; well done MSD and his devils! As India moves on, let's hope for more laurrels in cricket and other sporting arena!