While nothing beats winning a world cup, India probably accomplished all that it wanted to in this particular edition.
First, it beat all its cricketing neighbours with whom it shares a love-hate relationship: Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. More satisfying was the fact that Pakistan was beaten in front of its Prime Minister Yousaf Gillani. That’s one Indian attack the Pak PM had to applaud!
Immediately after that, Sri Lanka was beaten in front of their president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Indian Tigers roared and Rajapaksa could do nothing but admire their fighting spirit.
Second, all the former world champions were beaten in four consecutive matches in a space of two weeks: West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Strangely that’s the exact order that the above countries first became champions in the first place! (1975, 1987, 1992 and 1996)
If that wasn’t a divine script then there was Sachin’s world cup win in his hometown in his very last tournament.
Even the last ball ended up being a winning six!
Many congratulations, Team India !!!