India’s World Cup dream comes true

Published April 2, 2011
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (L) greets Sachin Tendulkar (R) before the match. ? Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (L) greets Sachin Tendulkar (R) before the match. ? Photo by AFP
India's Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni speaks to teammates as they form a huddle. ? Photo by AFP
India's Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni speaks to teammates as they form a huddle. ? Photo by AFP
Indian actor Aamir Khan (L) and industrialist Mukesh Ambani interact in the stands during the match. ? Photo by AFP
Indian actor Aamir Khan (L) and industrialist Mukesh Ambani interact in the stands during the match. ? Photo by AFP
Upul Tharanga looks back as Virender Sehwag (L) takes a catch to dismiss him. ? Photo by AFP
Upul Tharanga looks back as Virender Sehwag (L) takes a catch to dismiss him. ? Photo by AFP
Zaheer Khan celebrates the dismissal of Upul Tharanga. ? Photo by AP
Zaheer Khan celebrates the dismissal of Upul Tharanga. ? Photo by AP
Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Captain Kumar Sngakkara discuss during the match. ? Photo by AFP
Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Captain Kumar Sngakkara discuss during the match. ? Photo by AFP
Harbhajan Singh reacts after taking the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan. ? Photo by AFP
Harbhajan Singh reacts after taking the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan. ? Photo by AFP
Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot. ? Photo by AP
Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot. ? Photo by AP
Mahela Jayawardena (R) plays a shot as Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) watches. ? Photo by AFP
Mahela Jayawardena (R) plays a shot as Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) watches. ? Photo by AFP
Mahela Jayawardene prepares to hit. ? Photo by AP
Mahela Jayawardene prepares to hit. ? Photo by AP
An Indian cricket fan holds a replica Cricket World Cup trophy while cheering for the Indian team ? Photo by AFP
An Indian cricket fan holds a replica Cricket World Cup trophy while cheering for the Indian team ? Photo by AFP
Thilan Samaraweera reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed. ? Photo by Reuters
Thilan Samaraweera reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed. ? Photo by Reuters
Mahela Jayawardene celebrates scoring his century. ? Photo by Reuters
Mahela Jayawardene celebrates scoring his century. ? Photo by Reuters
Lasith Malinga celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar. ? Photo by AFP
Lasith Malinga celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar. ? Photo by AFP
Sachin Tendulkar walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal. ? Photo by AFP
Sachin Tendulkar walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal. ? Photo by AFP
Gautam Gambhir hits a shot. ? Photo by AP
Gautam Gambhir hits a shot. ? Photo by AP
Indian fans cheer for their team. ? Photo by AP
Indian fans cheer for their team. ? Photo by AP
Kumar Sangakkara falls to his knees after he fails to stop a ball. ? Photo by AP
Kumar Sangakkara falls to his knees after he fails to stop a ball. ? Photo by AP
Gautam Gambhir plays a shot. ? Photo by AFP
Gautam Gambhir plays a shot. ? Photo by AFP
Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits a shot. ? Photo by Reuters
Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits a shot. ? Photo by Reuters
A fan of the Sri Lanka team reacts as he watches the live match on TV. ? Photo by Reuters
A fan of the Sri Lanka team reacts as he watches the live match on TV. ? Photo by Reuters
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) and Yuvraj Singh celebrate after their win over Sri Lanka. ? Photo by Reuters
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) and Yuvraj Singh celebrate after their win over Sri Lanka. ? Photo by Reuters
Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Piyush Chawla (L-2nd R) celebrate after the victory. ? Photo by Reuters
Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Piyush Chawla (L-2nd R) celebrate after the victory. ? Photo by Reuters
Sachin Tendulkar is carried by his teammate Yusuf Pathan. ? Photo by Reuters
Sachin Tendulkar is carried by his teammate Yusuf Pathan. ? Photo by Reuters
Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli (R) carry Coach Gary Kirsten during celebrations. ? Photo by Reuters
Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli (R) carry Coach Gary Kirsten during celebrations. ? Photo by Reuters
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh (top) and Suresh Raina (L-R) celebrate with their trophy. ? Photo by Reuters
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh (top) and Suresh Raina (L-R) celebrate with their trophy. ? Photo by Reuters
Indian cricketers pose with the trophy after victory in the Cricket World Cup 2011. ? Photo by AFP
Indian cricketers pose with the trophy after victory in the Cricket World Cup 2011. ? Photo by AFP

Record-breaking Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralithran bowed out of international cricket on the losing side as India won the World Cup final by six wickets. There was no 100th century milestone for Sachin Tendulkar but the Little Master did not care as he shed “happy tears” after finally getting his hands on the World Cup at the sixth time of asking.

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