India wins World Cup

The World in a Cup

Aditya Iyer in The Indian Express: He rushed out of the dressing room with tears in his eyes, before laughing hysterically on being engulfed by his team-mates. Draped in the Indian flag, Sachin Tendulkar rode high on Yusuf Pathan’s shoulders, his exhausted face displaying every single emotion on the happy side of the spectrum, shining with the flash lights of a thousand clicking cameras.

He may have achieved almost everything in the world of cricket, but on Saturday, Tendulkar threw the word ‘almost’ out of his vocabulary, drowning himself in a sea of unprecedented celebrations. As he took a lap of honour around his home ground, 33,000 fans screamed in pure ecstasy, congratulating him for finally achieving his holy grail at his sixth attempt — the coveted World Cup trophy. More:

In The Indian Express magazine Eye: The last Hurrah. This is most likely Sachin Tendulkar’s last World Cup.

Dhoni’s Devils are World Champions

Vikas Singh in The Times of India: The wait has ended, and a new legend has been born. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his intrepid warriors now stand atop a pedestal hitherto occupied only by Kapil’s Devils, and India has become only the third country after Australia and the West Indies to win the World Cup more than once.

The glorious images of this magical evening at Mumbai are destined to be replayed millions of times on TV and the Net, and no matter what happens in Dhoni’s remarkable career from here, his place in the Indian cricketing pantheon is assured.

Meanwhile, all of India exulted lustily on Saturday night, and the celebrations are going to continue for a long, long time. This, after all, is a party that was 28 years in the making. More:

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Kapil Dev in The Telegraph: What a glorious night at the Wankhede Stadium. Indian cricket was done immensely proud by a bunch of motivated cricketers.

They did what they had promised.

The World Cup triumph was a tribute to their commitment and confidence. I felt proud. Just as every supporter of Indian cricket!

I had said that all captains had contributed to their team’s victory and here was Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading from the front. He took on the responsibility, pushed himself up the order, ran well, was not afraid of going after the bowlers. In the process, he won the Cup. It was a wonderful team effort with Gautam Gambhir playing the innings of his life. More:

And in Sri Lanka…

From The Telegraph: At Kelaniya, on the fringes of Colombo, a minister organised non-stop chanting by Buddhist monks to invoke blessings on the national team. Everywhere music blared from loudspeakers and the smell of roasting, grilling and frying food filled the air. Plates turned into musical instruments as fans vied with each other to make more noise. It was almost as if Sri Lankans were attempting to make up for their absence in Mumbai by being loud enough!

Flags not only flew from masts but were draped around persons and taped onto vehicles. Many heeded an SMS campaign that called for people to wear blue in support of the national team. The roads were clogged with vehicles, many of them transporting young people with their faces painted. More

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