Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91 not out) reserved his best for the occasion and played a truly captain’s knock and the entire team swarmed the field to mob him as he dispatched Nuwan Kulasekara for a six to complete the gritty chase.
Tendulkar said this was the proudest moment for him. He did not forget to thank the support staff for their wonderful work.
Chasing a stiff 275, India were looking down the barrel as their two greatest match-winners Virender Sehwag (0) and Tendulkar (18) were back in the pavilion.
But, they were well served first by Gautam Gambhir (97) who first revived the gasping team with Virat Kohli (35) and then joined Dhoni to put them on road to victory.Eventually, Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh finished the job in great style.
Dhoni’s invincibles have finally broke the jinx of the a host country not winning a World Cup on their home soil and the captain himself played a gem of an innings. Sri Lanka won it in 1996 as co-hosts, but in the Pakistani city Lahore. Come to think of it, they left India speechless in the semis and left them in tears in Kolkata in that edition.
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