Gambhir says this World Cup is for Sachin Tendulkar

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Gambhir says this World Cup is for Sachin Tendulkar

The classy Indian top-order batsman Gautam Gambhir, who scored a phenomenal innings of 97 in the final clash against Sri Lanka, dedicated the World Cup victory to the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar.

India routed Sri Lanka by six-wickets in the ultimate contest of the showpiece event, where a stunning partnership of 109 between Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered Indian side to bring the coveted trophy home.

While celebrating the World Cup victory after 28 years, the whole Indian team lifted Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders and gave him a ride of honour.

"We wanted to win it for Sachin Tendulkar. This World Cup is for him," an emotional Gambhir said.

The left-hander further praised Tendulkar for his excellent performances for India over the years. The southpaw said that it has always been a pleasure plus honour to bat along with maestro Sachin.

Earlier in the celebrations, Tendulkar could not control his emotions, as his eyes were filled with tears of joy. Tendulkar admitted that there were happy tears in his eyes when Dhoni hit the ball the out of the park for the winning runs.

Highest run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs, Tendulkar has scored 18111 ODI runs with 48 centuries and 95 fifties. The star batsman also holds the record to be the only player to reach 2000 mark in World Cups. Tendulkar was playing his sixth and last World Cup, as he made his first mega event appearance in 1992. By playing in six tournaments, the legend has already equalled Javed Miandad’s record of participating in most number of World Cup editions.

Gambhir, who was dropped from the 2007 World Cup squad, performed outstandingly in his first World Cup appearance, as he holds an average of 43-plus with four fifties in the tournament. The elegant left-hander also reached his 4000 ODI mark while chasing Lanka’s total of 274 in the final match.

Commenting on Yuvraj Singh's and Harbhajan Singh's tears of joy after Indian success in the epic encounter, Gambhir said, "They have seen nightmare of 2007, so they know how it feels to win World Cup."

The whole Indian nation has been celebrating the World Cup triumph since Saturday night, and it is definitely a bright chapter of Indian cricketing history.

 

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