Outlook talked with several World Cup stars to discuss the key moments of the final and the tournament. Excerpts
It was a tremendous feeling. We were never considered favourites, our record
in ODI cricket until then was not great. After that, beating all the top teams
in the world was unbelievable. Beating West Indies twice was an amazing
In any sport, after a win of this magnitude, the game becomes popularised. And that's what happened with cricket in India.
I missed the later part of the tournament after being hit by Malcolm Marshall at the Oval. It seems like yesterday -- we were chasing around 280, and were around 90 for two, I was batting with Amarnath. We were cruising at that stage. We had beaten them in the first game, and we were confident. Then I got injured -- Marshall bowled a bouncer and I got hit on the face. I was told I would be fit for the semifinals, and I was fit too… but by then the team was settled and it was not fair to change it.
Yes, I do have regrets about not playing in the final, but more importantly, I'm proud of the fact that we won the World Cup after being written off by everyone!
(As told to Rohit Mahajan)