14 players and 1 God scripted the the BIGGEST moment in Indian History. Can anything on this planet give so much happiness to over 1.2 billion people of this earth? Hats off to each and every member of this team.
Hats off to our captain cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is the best. He has brains, he has got the temperament and he has the guts. I can’t even imagine how a man with so much pressure can perform his task so fearlessly. Coming in before the inform Yuvraj and leading from the front at the biggest platform, he surely has the mettle of steel. What more substantiation you need when the God himself stamps him as the best captain ever. And as Ravi Shastri rightly commented after the triumph, its time for his critics to SHUT UP!
Hats off to the Yuvraj of India, Yuvraj Singh. Struggling with his form, with his fitness. Demoted to grade B and finding it hard to maintain a place in the team. What a turnaround he has had. When was the last time did we see him diving and throwing himself in air? He was our hero in the T20 win and he was the hero in this triumph also. But while the T20 was for his flamboyance, this time around he showed his desperation. With bat, he was the pressure-soaker and the anchorer, and with the ball he was the pressure builder and the partnership breaker. With batting average of over 90 and 15 wickets, he was indeed the Man of the Tournament.
Hats off to our bowling spearhead- Zaheer Khan. Whenever India needed a wicket, he was the captain’s man. Apart from him slower ones and reverse swingers, he was also the guide for other pacers. Indian bowling attack could have fallen apart without him. But he kept it intact. For a country not known for its pace attack, he is one legendary fast bowler.
Hats off to the Wall II- Gautam Gambhir aka Gauti. He was the top scorer in 2007 T20 final and yesterday he did that again. Unfortunately, on both the occasions he didn’t get the man of the match. With the fall of Sachin, the hearts of 121 crore people had stopped beating. But Gauti gave them life. The way he soaked the pressure and kept the scoring rate up was incredible. He is the new wall of Indian batting line up.
Hats off to the most dangerous batsman of the world- Virendra Sehwag. On filed the most explosive, and off-field the calmest of all. He was the igniter. Hitting 5 consecutive first balls of innings for four, he always provided us the start giving other batsman the time to set. Those 5 fours in Umar Gul’s over in semis were outstanding.
Hats off to Powerplayer Ashwin. He was one player who was talked more for not being in the team. But in whatever games he got the chance, he proved why everyone wants him to be in the team. His powerplay bowling was outstanding. Unfortunate to miss the semis and final.
Hats off to gritty Virat Kohli. The highest ranked Indian batsman. He proved why he deserves to be amongst the likes of Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvi. His 35 were the most crucial runs he would ever score.
Hats off to agile Suresh Raina. In or out of the playing 11, he always contributed with his field and saving those crucial 10-15 runs in every match. His innings against Australia and Pakistan were so crucial.
Hats off the fighter Bhajji. He was not at his best. But he always maintained the pressure and never gave away easy runs.
Hats off to consistent Munaf. He is not the best. But he bowled best in his limitations and kept a consistent line. Supported well to Zaheer Khan.
Hats off to rhythmic Nehra. He was there at 2003 final. Then he disappeared. And then was back into the squad. The SA match was a debacle. But he bowled beautifully in semis against pakistan. (Please, no more PJs now!)
Hats off to Sreesanth, Yusuf and Chawla. Well, they are the members of a World Cup winning squad. So hats off to them also.
And now from the men in blue to the GOD IN BLUE.
TAKE A BOW Sachin Tendulkar. You are the one who lives in the heart of every Indians. Its you whose one straight drive makes us forget all our worries. Its your passion which inspires everyone around. We Indian don’t love cricket as much as we love you. You are our God. Thank you for serving our country for so many years. And please continue to do this always and forever. This World Cup is for you. Love you Sachin!