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Living the dreams of a billion! India are the WC Champs

Living the dreams of a billion! India are the WC Champs

15 Bravehearts, took on their shoulders the dreams of 1.2 billions - take a bow!

Life is all about taking up responsibilities and triumph through smiles, with tears of joy rolling down the cheek in achievement, and make it memorable for generations to come. Those 15 bravehearts took up the gauntlet, led by Mahendra Singh "Cool" Dhoni, to live the dreams with eyes wide open. For one thing, if 1983 was the year of the awakening of Indian cricket, 2011 is the year of affirming to the world that India has come a long way to live cricket. Dreaming only doesn't help if there weren't any effort to realise them. And in the biggest reality show lasting 45 days, India lived the dreams and emerged the true hero in some style.

15 Bravehearts, took on their shoulders the dreams of 1.2 billions - take a bow!

Life is all about taking up responsibilities and triumph through smiles, with tears of joy rolling down the cheek in achievement, and make it memorable for generations to come. Those 15 bravehearts took up the gauntlet, led by Mahendra Singh "Cool" Dhoni, to live the dreams with eyes wide open. For one thing, if 1983 was the year of the awakening of Indian cricket, 2011 is the year of affirming to the world that India has come a long way to live cricket. Dreaming only doesn't help if there weren't any effort to realise them. And in the biggest reality show lasting 45 days, India lived the dreams and emerged the true hero in some style.

After the inaugural T20 triumph, Dhoni and his fantastic fifteen now conquered the World Cup in the most convincing fashion with a powerpacked performance at the Wankhede infront of billion dreaming eyes. The towering six by Dhoni off the last ball of the match typified the domination that India had over the match and over the world of cricket. Take a bow.

A real effort of a team truthful to their own aspirations is always captured when the leader bares it all infront of the world. Dhoni is such a daredevil who believes in transparency (when he admitted he failed to read the wicket in the semifinal), who is enterprising enough to gamble (when he promoted himself above Yuvaraj in the final) and who believes in the capability of his colleagues (when he picked Sreeshanth in place of Ashwin on a wicket which definitely would have helped the latter). The last backfired, but the first two speaks volumes about the integrity of this man in leading a team which was eyeing a bigger picture. Sensing 275 was never going to be easy against a classy Lankan attack, Dhoni gambled again picking himself ahead of Yuvaraj in an attempt to unsettle the Lankan bowlers. His thought was that the left-right hand combination between Gambhir and Dhoni would play havoc with the lines of the bowlers. Lankans fell into the trap and the rest was history. Take a bow captain!

The master Sachin Tendulkar may have missed out on his 100th International century, but winning the World Cup couldn't have waited. His last chance of lifting the Cup wasn't given a skip by his colleagues though he himself failed to live upto a big occasion leaving India precariously at 31/2. But a braveheart Challenger Kohli challenged the Lankan aspirations by clicking a vital partnership with Gautam Gambhir which laid the foundation for the win. Kohli got his kind of wicket but couldn't muscle longer as an amazing one handed catch off his own bowling by Tilakratne Dilshan cut short Kohli. Dilshan's catch gave enough evidence how much a prized catch he has been for Royal Challengers, now that the IPL is about to start a week from now.

Zaheer, the southpaw, emerged as the highest wicket taker of this world along with Shahid Afridi, the livewire leader of Pakistan. With 21 wickets in the tournament, Zaheer today showed his class as he literary tied down the explosive Lankan openers - DIlshan & Tharanga. Take a bow Zaheer, as you have singlehandedly carried on shouldering India's bowling in this tournament and has been instrumental in winning most of the matches despite India being labelled as one of the weakest bowling side. But batting alone doesn't win matches for any team, and Indian bowling proved again that on perfect batting strip, the bowlers did commendable jobs to restrict the marauding oppositions like Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka much lesser than 300 to help the batsmen chase much easier targets.

The cherished Cup is home. Lets rejoice and lets party! But before that just ponder for a word of appreciation towards a masterful craft called Mahela Jayawardane. Seldom one may see such a classy act from a cricketer in a World Cup final. Out of form for most of the tournament, Mahela rose to the occasion and played a anchor role but with a strike rate of more than 100. Take a bow! The story of Dhoni was also similar. Branded as an out of form batsman throughout World Cup, Dhoni played a similar knock of attacking cricket and rightfully dethroned Mahela. The travails of the two great innings will be etched in the memories of every Indian for a long time, but more than that the image of the Indian team lifting the cup, again after 28 years will be eternally etched.

Lets start the party! Congratulations to Team India!

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It was indeed a great moment for Indian cricket.
shriram-jagadeesan on 20 Jun 2011, 03:40 AM
If we undertake the same efforts,RCB can win IPL4........
abdul-razak on 17 Apr 2011, 02:59 AM
we r the champs and we have all the medals rewards in this world history of cricket ,,
Cheers4bangalore on 09 Apr 2011, 06:05 PM
We are the champions
Royals1 on 09 Apr 2011, 04:47 PM
It's dream for every indian
krishnasa1 on 09 Apr 2011, 08:07 AM
The big match tomorrow coming ....
RakeshRCB on 08 Apr 2011, 06:20 PM
the champs play against each other from today
darsh-ydhya on 08 Apr 2011, 01:28 PM
congrats....great feeling..cant explain....its truly a dream cum true....I have been watching Cricket when I was 9.....and the day has come after 12yrs
rashidwarrior on 08 Apr 2011, 12:08 PM
dream come true
krishnasa1 on 08 Apr 2011, 06:50 AM
zak rox
Waseem-Ahmed on 08 Apr 2011, 12:55 AM
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