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It’s exactly two weeks since the last ball of the 2011 World Cup landed somewhere in the top tier of Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium, probably in the hands of a lucky fan. That monstrous six by the Indian captain, the perfect finish to India’s campaign to regain the World Cup that was lost in 1987.

Sri Lanka’s batting lineup had been throttled for most of their innings, with 45 overs yielding just 211 runs, but with the brilliant Mahela Jayawardene holding one end steady, the Lankans put on an additional 64 off the last 30 balls, pushing India’s target from the very gettable into the realms of the difficult, planting seeds of doubt in the minds of Indian players and fans.

Challenging as it looked, 275 wasn’t a very difficult target to get, what with Sachin “Superman” Tendulkar, and his swashbuckling sidekick, Virender Sehwag to open the Indian innings. If belief was beginning to fade when Sehwag went second ball, it was all but gone when the great man himself left not much later. Wait, this was not the way the script was written. This was supposed to be his crowning moment, he was going to get his 100th hundred while winning India the World Cup. Oh well. So much for well written scripts!

The script may have been rewritten, the main characters may have been recast, but the story and the ending was going to remain the same. Indian hopes arose, and belief returned as the young middle order led by Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship. It took a brilliant, calm, cool and determined captain MS Dhoni at the wheel however, to bring the ship into the shores of victory. Not only had India exorcised the World Cup demons that had haunted them for 28 years, the great man – Sachin Tendulkar – had finally achieved the one thing that had been missing from his resume… the World Cup of Cricket!
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