P.R. Man Singh, manager of the 1983 World Cup winning team, who sat in the Northern Stands in the crowd at the Wankhede Stadium to watch M.S. Dhoni's men conquer the summit in the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai on Saturday night, described it as a great moment for Indian cricket.
“Hats off to the entire team for helping Sachin realise his lifetime dream to be a member of the World Cup winning team. This team did every Indian proud,” Man Singh informed The Hindu from Mumbai.
“It is a truly amazing win. Honestly, I was not surprised for I always thought this team is capable of winning the World Cup. What a sight to see all of them soaked in emotion after such a magnificent win,” said V.V.S. Laxman who was explaining the significance of the moment to his young son Sarvajith.
BCCI vice-president N. Shivlal Yadav, who led the HCA officials in bursting crackers at Gymkhana Grounds immediately after India's victory, remarked: “This is a truly fantastic win and what a captain MS (Dhoni) is! I have not seen any captain in recent memory coming up with so many winning moves in a World Cup,” he said.
HCA secretary D.S. Chalapathi felt it was a privilege to be at the venue along with his president Arshad Ayub when Dhoni recaptured the World Cup after 28 years. “It is a truly memorable moment for Indian cricket, and now, Kapil Dev need no more feel lonely at the summit,” he remarked. Arshad feels honoured to be present at the venue and see Dhoni script the historic moments.
Tennis ace Sania Mirza hailed Dhoni's captaincy. “What a cricketer and leader par excellence; what a knock in the final by him! Great innings by Gautam too. Absolutely great team spirit. You made more than a billion people smile,” she commented from USA.
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal said she was initially a bit worried after Sachin and Sehwag got out. “But at the end of it all, it is a great victory. Earlier, I was a Sachin Tendulkar fan, now, I am a fan of this entire team.”
Pullela Gopichand and hockey Olympians Mukesh Kumar and Edwards Alloysius too, felt chasing under pressure to win the final was a great achievement. “That India could win despite losing Sachin and Sehwag early, shows Indian cricket is coming of age. Dhoni's captaincy is something truly special,” he said.