Winning the World Cup is a sign of a new dawn for us, says Prasanna Kumar
Indian captain M. S. Dhoni finally came good with a magical knock of 91 not out, in the high-voltage ICC World Cup final played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, to clinch the Cup for India. After over six weeks of hard fought cricket, Team India defeated Sri Lanka, to win the ICC World Cup for the second time. The men in blue replicated a victory lap after a gap of 28 years, repeating the one that was done by Kapil's Devils in 1983. Big match player Gautam Gambhir came up with a superb 97 to add the icing to the cake.
An indescribable feeling of joy erupted all over the Wankhede Stadium after the winning run was hit. Soon it spread to every nook and corner of the country.
Moments after the victory, people of Visakhapatnam erupted with joy. They spilled on to the streets minutes after the Indian captain belted Kulasekara over the ropes for the winning run. They congratulated each other and savoured the victory by distributing sweets. The Beach Road wore a festive look and was jam-packed with people from all walks of life.
People in the city were in a celebratory mood since morning. For the first time in cricketing history two Asian countries clashed in the finals. For both the countries, cricketing passion not only runs high, but the game almost attains the status of a religion.
Though the final was played in Mumbai, its reverberation was felt here. Since morning young and old alike were seen carrying the Indian flag and shouts of ‘Go India Go' rent the air.
Students were seen proceeding to their colleges with their faces painted with the tri-colour and placards with inscriptions such as ‘Chak de India' or ‘De Ghuma Ke'.
In many corners of the city, giant screens were set up. Not only the hotels and resorts, which took up the initiative to set up big screens and creating a stadium-like ambience, but many cultural associations like Waltair Kalibari went ahead and set up big screens.
Every time a Sri Lankan wicket fell, youth came onto the streets to burst crackers, and it was the same when India began to bat and boundaries were hit.
Many cricket buffs were seen sitting atop SUVs and cars and zooming down the beach road, cheering the Indian team.
A few even went to the extent of painting their car windows and rear glass with the Indian tri-colour.
Commenting on the win, the Director of Centre for Policy Studies and cricket commentator and writer A. Prasanna Kumar said, “After an initial setback, the Indians fought back professionally and valiantly. Captain M.S. Dhoni led from the front. He clicked at the right moment and at the right time. His coming down at number four, to ease the pressure for his team mates, is the gesture of a true leader.
This is another freedom at midnight! In 1947 it was the birth of a new India, and winning this Cup is the sign of a new dawn for India -- the rise of the power of youth.”