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Friday, April 8, 2011

India Wins the ICC World Cup Trophy After 28 Years - See Pictures

India beats Sri Lanka with 6 wickets to win the ICC World cup 2011. History has been created on this day, the 2nd of April 2011 as India defeated Sri Lanka to win the cup after a gap of 28 years. They managed the feat even though the two openers Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar got out early in the innings. Gautam Gambhir gave a remarkable and memorable performance of 97 runs that helped to stabilise the innings along with Virat Kohli and later MS Dhoni who helped him to get the runs on the board. It was proved yet again, that the younger players were perfectly capable of winning matches without the help of senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag.

MS Dhoni has been declared as the best Indian Captain ever in the Indian Cricket history. I agree with them all as I am a huge fan of this great cricketer. I congratulate Dhoni on his victory and also all the team members who stood by him and always gave him their best. You truly deserve this trophy. Dhoni sported a new bald look immediately after winning the match, as he had promised his God while saying his prayers just before the match. MS Dhoni was awarded the man of the match for his excellent knock of 91 not out that got his team the victory and the World cup title as the number one team. Yuvraj Singh was awarded the Man of the Tournament for having won four man of the match awards in the world cup series. All the players were very emotional soon after the match, and they had tears in their eyes as they hugged and slapped each other on their backs. Well, they certainly worked hard for this day. See pictures of the victory celebrations!

The target of 275 runs put up by the Sri Lankans for India was easily achieved by the batsmen as MS Dhoni hit the winning six runs to end the game in style. MS Dhoni proved himself with his bat and brains on the field in this game and showed himself to be worthy of the cup. He definitely deserved the cup this year as he gave a brilliant performance as a captain throughout the world cup tournament, even through some really controversial decisions. He proved himself to be right each and every time.

Congratulations team India to win the world cup after 28 years . The last cup was won in 1983 by captain Kapil Dev. Team India deserves this win this year. An added feather in the cap of the legend Sachin Tendulkar, for whom this will be the last world cup. The board of Indian cricket has decided to award each player of the Indian team a prize money of 1 crore rupees. With this win, India becomes the first nation to win the world cup on home ground.

There were some rumors floating around that the trophy awarded to the players on the day of the match was a fake. Apparently the customs officials at the airport had not cleared the original trophy to be taken before the taxes were paid by the ICC. However, the matter was cleared by the ICC board and they assured everyone that the trophy that was awarded to the team was the original one. Read these news reports for more information as to what happened:

Mumbai: "The ICC today rejected reports that the World Cup with the Indian team is a replica and maintained that it is the original trophy after controversy broke out over news that that it was a fake that was presented to the team on Saturday." Read more...

Sachin Tendulkar won his first ever world cup after playing in 6 world cup matches so far. He was carried on the shoulders of the young players - Suresh Raina and Viraat Kohli for a victory lap. Sachin Tendulkar said that MS Dhoni was the best ever Indian Captain that he had played under. 

Watch You Tube Video of Victory....after 28 years.

Celebrations are on, as the whole nation celebrates the victory of team India! Congratulations! See more pictures here:

World Cup 2011 Final Photos: India World Cup Win Photos and Pictures

Some of the Wonderful Moments:

Man of the Match and Man of the Tournament Video

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