• 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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  • Watching Gary Kirsten take the victory lap around the Wankhede stadium and being hoisted on to the shoulders of the Indian players who displayed their affection for the affable South African in no uncertain terms I immediately thought of Greg Chappell. Was he watching this back home in Australia? Did it rekindle memories of that disastrous campaign four years ago in the Caribbean when he was the autocratic coach?

    What a difference a more amiable coach makes! From the moment he took over charge of the Indian team more than three years ago Kirsten made all the right moves. Over more than 1100 days there was no let-up in this direction and the result is there for all to see, gape and admire. The No 1 ranked Test team in the world, the No 2 ranked ODI team, a number of notable triumphs in all formats of the game and a level of performance much higher than ever before. It was Kirsten who installed the sense of self belief in the players and made them mentally strong and this has culminated

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