There’s no doubt MS Dhoni is one of the best international captains at moulding a winning spirit; the Indian team showed great resolve in the knockout stage of the World Cup and that can only happen if everyone is enjoying the success of his team-mates.Ian Chappell
writes. What others say
A country like us needs such events and results. By not only conducting the World Cup in a perfect manner, but also winning it, India have put themselves on the world map. Javagal Srinath
He was put under the scanner throughout the World Cup, with his unconventional, unorthodox methods getting a fair amount of criticism, some very unfair, some may be justified, writes Pradeep Magazine
Another World Cup passes by and it’s time to assess the positives and negatives. The two best teams contested the final — India and Sri Lanka. They had the most balanced teams of the tournament.
In a tense battle of batsmen, it looked as if it would be the first final with a century in each innings, until Gautam Gambhir tossed away his shot at glory, writes Ian Chappell
Tough run-up, great bowling, agile fielding work to team's advantage. Sourav Ganguly
As cricketers, this is the moment we all live for. Having been there before, I can sense the nervous energy that must be flowing through both camps, writes Anil Kumble.
I don't think anyone needs reminding that it's been 28 years since India won their only World Cup. The time is ripe now. Javagal Srinath writes.
Sri Lanka need to bring out their 'A' game to tackle peaking India, writes Ian Chappell
Having been involved in all four previous World Cup wins over Pakistan, I can imagine what the team must be feeling. Javagal Srinath
Was it good-spirited patriotism that strutted itself in all forms decipherable in the lead-up to the semifinal game against Pakistan, or was it an obsessive case of fervent jingoism?
Sometimes, a team does not play well, yet they manage to do enough to cross the line. That was the case with India on Wednesday, says Steve Waugh
In the euphoria of an Indian victory over Pakistan, let us not forget to thank Pakistani fielders and the strange tactics by their batsmen and their captain when they were falling far behind the run-rate. Pradeep Magazine
It is a fitting tribute to one of the world's greatest bowlers to end his career by contesting the World Cup final in Mumbai.
It's being described as the most important match in India's cricket history; and even if that's an exaggeration, with such high stakes, nerves will play a big part in deciding the result. Ian Chappell