April 3, 2011
Led by Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni and inspired performances by Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and the entire cricket team, India thrashed Sri Lanka in the finals at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
Dhoni played a captain's knock, hitting an unbeaten 91 and a last ball six to defeat Sri Lanka that had scored 274 thanks to Mahela Jayawardene's masterful century. For India, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli consolidated the innings after the early departure of Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag.
Finally, Dhoni along with Yuvraj Singh guided India to victory. Earlier, speedsters Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Yuvraj Singh did well to restrict Lanka though in final hours, during power play, Sri Lankan batsmen tried their best to take the total up.
But an inspired Team India made a successful chase. Earlier, India had beaten Pakistan at Mohali. In the earlier league matches, Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag and Raina also made important contributions with the bat. Yuvraj, with 15 wickets and over 300 runs, was the architect of Indian victory.
Zaheer Khan who clinched 21 wickets played an important role in India's victory. He emerged as the top wicket taker in the tournament along with Shahid Afridi who also got 21 wickets. For India, it was a sweet victory, more than a quarter century after Kapil Dev-led Indian team had won the 1983 World Cup.
For Sachin Tendulkar, it was an emotional moment as it was the sixth world cup he was playing in, and finally he was part of the Indian team that secured the coveted the trophy. There was euphoria across the country and celebrations began through out the nation.