• I was there

    I wasn't born in 1983. As an Indian, I never knew what winning a World Cup was like, pretty much like most of you, I guess. Now that I know what it feels like, given that I was at the Wankhede on April 2, let me also say, it's not yet sunk in. Yes, I went there to cheer for Sri Lanka (not because of a particular hate for the Indian cricket team, but a love affair that began somewhere with the romance of 1996) but came back home as a proud Indian, emotional as ever, witness to one of Indian cricket's tryst with history. Yes, I might have been vocally critical of this Indian team in my previous columns, but this was a win that transcended the best of cricketing skills on a stage which was elephantine, and had a symbolism of its own — the final word in the emergence of a new cricketing order in world cricket.

    To witness that was nothing short of special, and even as I write this, I am struggling for words to describe that feeling. And, as a responsible and a hungry columnist, I have no

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  • The worst fears of the associate nations has been realised with the International Cricket Council confirming that the 2015 and 2019 World Cups will have only 10 teams. While the 2015 World Cup will be contested only by the 10 full member countries, there will be a qualification process in place for the 2019 edition.

    With this decision, the ICC has effectively made a point saying the 50-over World Cup is the domain of full members by right – which, in my opinion, has got to be one of the most controversial decisions ever made by cricket’s governing body.

    A country like Ireland, for example, despite being an associate nation upset England in a high-scoring thriller and also gave West Indies and Bangladesh a scare before going down in the 2011 World Cup. Ireland also held their own against eventual champions India and South Africa in the group stage. The Netherlands team also gave a decent account of themselves; and though Kenya and Canada disappointed for the most part, they did give

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  • The feeling hasn't sunk in just yet...


    Yuvraj's arms were spread wide before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni clouted that six which had 'India are the World Cup champions' written all over it. The whole nation erupted, some emotional and some over the moon. Social networking sites connected many together on Saturday night as Team India gifted them with a feeling which even Sachin couldn't describe. My colleague Princy James wrote with a disclaimer "this euphoric feeling is crazy. If someone says I love you, I might reply back love you too dude!" Nice aye...


    After Sehwag and Sachin got out, I thought 275 would need some serious chasing and then I saw Rajinikanth.


    The 28-year long wait was over and like they had promised earlier, Indian players gifted Sachin Tendulkar the World Cup he had been chasing for 21 years. They carried him high on their shoulders - with crowd going wild in excitement at Wankhede. Youngster Virat Kohli, one of the players carrying Sachin said, "he has carried

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