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Cricket - World Cup 2011

Within the charmed, golden circle of the 2011 World Cup win, we Indians inscribed an emotional nucleus: the zenith of Sachin’s glorious career being celebrated from atop the shoulders of his adoring teammates. Those moments, said the voting public at the Laureus World Sports Awards, was the ‘best sporting moment’ of the past 20 years. In Berlin, Boris Becker and Steve Waugh—creators of many winsome moments themselves—presented the award to Sachin.

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Mumbai, 2011 The World Cup win, at last

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Last hurdle The World Cup won: one of Sachin’s finest hours

Apoorva Salkade

May 17, 1999

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A TV grab shows Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, speaking on his 2011 World Cup performance in an interview, on Sunday. Singh is in London after a treatment for a malignant lung tumour in the US.

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It was India’s proudest sporting moment. The cricket world cup got millions of viewers tuned into their television sets cheering the team as they won the tournament by beating Sri Lanka in the final. The face of the Indian victory was little master Sachin Tendulkar, to whom the team dedicated the World Cup.

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Debangg star Sonakshi Sinha tweeted this picture on Twitter and captioned it ‘De ghumaaaaake! Hehehehahahaha.’ And when she got flak for it, she promptly tweeted: "Pak fans very upset. Jung ke maidan mein ladne se toh accha hi hai khel ke maidan mein ladein (it's better to fight in a game then in a war). I am all for love thy neighbour. Be a sport yaar."

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BEAT IT Where are the tickets, Mr Kumble, the papers asked ahead of the India-England WC clash in Bangalore; 25,000 fans faced hours in a queue and a lathicharge to little avail.

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THE HIGH The time, the place, the script, it all unfolded with perfect fidelity for the Indians at the World Cup. Yuvraj, Sachin, Zaheer, and what to say on that captain’s knock in the final vs Sri Lanka. The cricket world was our oyster, No. 1 in Tests, ODI champs. It took an English summer with a tennis score to stop us.

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Lionheart How brilliant was it that the man who singlehandedly, and without complaint, bore the burden of a billion expectations through decades of futility was afforded the chance to unfurl the flag he had shed blood and tears for after finally winning the one prize that had eluded him for so long? Was there a more poignant moment this year?

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Match Point Manmohan and Gilani at the World Cup semi-finals in Mohali

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Indian Pacer Zaheer Khan during the ICC CWC 2011 Final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Man of the moment: Sachin Tendulkar and other teammates congratulate Yuvraj Singh after he is named Man of the Tournament

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Whee for victory Celebrating the win atop buses in Southall

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Far corners Even in Siliguri, Bengal, they woke up the night

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Communal watch Streetside viewing in Calcutta

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In resignation Kumar Sangakkara stays gracious in defeat

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Party tonite Mumbaikars lit up the streets after the Cup win

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Road to Victory: Final 02.4.2011, Wankhede, Mumbai, India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. History men Dhoni, the batsman who came in from the cold, hits the calmest of sixes. We, the World Champions.

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Road to Victory: Semi-Finals 30.3.2011, Mohali India beat Pakistan by 29 runs. Final ticket Misbah falls; and Sachin can finally celebrate after India defends a scratchily made 260

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Road to Victory: Quarter-Finals 23.3.2011. Motera, Ahmedabad India beat Australia by 5 wickets. Yuvraj genuflects in ecstasy after knocking off the winning runs, leaving Brett Lee to nurse his bruises

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Yuvraj Singh with his mother holding the Man of the series trophy at her residence in Chandigarh.

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Army chief General V K Singh felicitates World Cup winning Indian team captain M S Dhoni at the former's residence in New Delhi.

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Cricket team coach Gary Kirsten speaks during a press conference in Mumbai. Proud of the Indian cricket team's achievement in the last three years of his association, outgoing coach Gary Kirsten said he was leaving the job with a heavy heart and with a lot of cherished memories.

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Indian cricket team coach Gary Kirsten looks on during a press conference in Mumbai.

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Virat Kohli, right, and Suresh Raina, left, carry coach Gary Kirsten, after India won the Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India in Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar, center, holds the trophy as he takes the victory lap with his daughter, second left, and son, right center, as they celebrate the victory in the Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Tendulkar was still the undisputed star after India won the World Cup for the first time since 1983, despite only playing a cameo role as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni guided the home team to victory in the final against Sri Lanka.

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Yuvraj Singh kisses the Cricket World Cup trophy in the backdrop of the Gateway of India in Mumbai, a day after India won the finals against Sri Lanka.

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Sachin Tendulkar poses with the Cricket World Cup trophy in front of the Gateway of India a day after winning the final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets to win their first World Cup in 28 years.

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Suresh Raina, a member of World Cup winning Indian team, pays obeisance at Saibaba temple in Shirdi.

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A poster depicting cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as God during a Gudi Padwa procession, in Mumbai.

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Harbhajan Singh, a member of World Cup winning Indian team, on his arrival at the airport in Chandigarh.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni poses with the Cricket World Cup trophy in the backdrop of the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Dhoni lofted Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara for the winning six against Sri Lanka, leading India to the six-wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium, when Dhoni anchored the run chase with his knock of 91.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni poses with the trophy in the backdrop of the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Dhoni lofted Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara for the winning six against Sri Lanka, leading India to the six-wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium, when Dhoni anchored the run chase with his knock of 91, winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

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Newspaper front pages, the day after India won the Cricket World Cup, in New Delhi. India beat Sri Lanka to win the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

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Cricket fans celebrate the Team India's victory in CWC 2011 final, in Allahabad.

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The captain's cruise.

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Huge windfall for Indian cricket players.

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Mukesh Ambani along with wife Nita Ambani at a reception hosted by President Pratibha Patil for Indian team members, at Rajbhavan in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the CWC 2011 final.

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Sachin Tendulkar gives autographs to his fans at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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Anjali Tendulkar (R) wife of Sachin Tendulkar with Sakshi (C) wife of Indian Team Captain M S Dhoni and Gary Kirsten's wife at a reception hosted by the President Pratibha Patil to honour the cricket team for their World Cup victory at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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Anjali Tendulkar (L) wife of Sachin Tendulkar, Nita Ambani (C), wife of Mukesh Ambani and Sakshi (R) wife of Team Indian captain M S Dhoni along with other dignitaries during a reception hosted by President Pratibha Patil for Indian team members, at Rajbhavan in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the CWC 2011 final.

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President Pratibha Patil exchanges greetings with Indian captain MS Dhoni during a reception hosted by Patil, at Rajbhavan in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the CWC 2011 final.

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President Pratibha Patil shakes hands with Sachin Tendulkar as she meets members of the Indian cricket team during a reception hosted by her at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his wife Sakshi Singh Rawat during a tea party hosted by the President Pratibha Patil to honour the world Cup winning team at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his wife Sakshi Singh Rawat during a tea party hosted by the President Pratibha Patil to honour the world Cup winning team at the Raj Bhawan in Mumbai.

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United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi greets a crowd of Indian cricket fans after India won the Cricket World Cup final against Sri lanka

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United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi greets a crowd of Indian cricket fans in New Delhi after India won the Cricket World Cup final against Sri lanka,

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Cricket fans celebrate their team's victory over Sri Lanka to win the Cricket World Cup final, in New Delhi.

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India players celebrate as they win the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar is carried by fellow team members after the Team India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.

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India's players celebrate as India win the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Cricket fans jubilate after Team India defeated Sri Lanka to lift the 2011 Cricket World Cup, in New Delhi.

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Fireworks go-off the Wankhede Stadium immediately after India defeated Sri Lanka in the CWC final in Mumbai.

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Indian players jubilate with the trophy after winning the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.

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Yuvraj Singh gets emotional after Team India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar is carried by fellow team members after the Team India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.

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Players celebrate with the trophy as they win the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Cricket fans celebrate their team's victory over Sri Lanka to win the Cricket World Cup final, in Jammu.

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Cricket fans celebrate their team's win over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup in Kolkata.

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TV Grab: Harbhajan Singh gets emotional after Team India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.

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Indian team poses with the trophy after winning in the Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets, to lift the cricket World Cup after a gap of 28 years.

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Cricket fans ride on an Ambassador car as they celebrate their team's win over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup in Kolkata.

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Cricket fans celebrate after Team India defeated Sri Lanka to lift the 2011 Cricket World Cup, in New Delhi.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, back, and Yuvraj Singh, celebrate after winning in the Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India in Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar, center top, is carried by fellow team members as India wins the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Cricket fans celebrate with sparklers after Team India defeated Sri Lanka to lift the Cricket World Cup 2011, in Kolkata. India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.

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Cricket fans wave Tricolours during the Cricket World Cup 2011 final match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

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Industrialist Mukesh Ambani (C), Nita Ambani second left, actors Rajinikant (L), Aamir Khan third left, Shahid Kapoor (R), Preity Zinta fourth right jubilate after India defeated Sri Lanka to win the CWC 2011 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, right, and Yuvraj Singh, celebrate their win in the Cricket World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets, to lift the cricket World Cup after a gap of 28 years.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni escapes a run out during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Cricket fans cheer for their home team, as they watch on a projection screen the World Cup cricket final match between India and Sri Lanka, on a street in Allahabad.

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Gautam Gambhir is bowled for 97 runs off the bowling of Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Street children react to the camera as they watch the ICC World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka, in Hyderabad.

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A view of a railway station in Mumbai during the CWC 2011final match between India and Sri Lanka.

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A cricket fan reacts to the dismissal of a cricketer as she watches on a projection screen the World Cup cricket final match between India and Sri Lanka, in Mumbai.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a stroke during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Sri Lanka's T Dilshan takes a catch to out Virat Kohli during their CWC 2011 final match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan watch the CWC final match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

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ICC President Sharad Pawar and BJP senior leader L K Advani during the CWC final match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

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President Pratibha Patil interacts with ICC President Sharad Pawar and Poorna Patel, daughter of Union Minister Praful Patel, during the final match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the CWC final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Gautam Gambhir, left, dives to save himself from a run out during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during the CWC final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Prisoners and policemen watch on a television the ICC Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka, at the Ahmedabad Central Jail in Ahmedabad.

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts as he leaves the ground after losing his wicket during the Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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From Left, Rajnikant, Nita Ambani, Aamir Khan and Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, along with others watching the CWC final match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

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Virat Kohli hits a shot for four off the bowling of Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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A road wears almost deserted look in New Delhi as people stuck to TV and radio sets during the CWC 2011final match between India and Sri Lanka at Mumbai.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank watching the CWC 2011 match between India and Sri Lanka, on a TV set at his residence in Dehra Dun.

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga celebrates the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Sri Lanka's players celebrate the dismissal of Virender Sehwag, second right, during the Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardena (R) celebrates his century in the CWC final match against India in Mumbai.

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Actor Vivek Oberoi and his wife Priyanka talk to media as they arrive to watch the CWC final match between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar arrive to watch the CWC final match between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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