India sparks wild celebrations among their billion supporters after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets in the World Cup final in western Mumbai city.
In Srinagar, summer capital of northern Jammu and Kashmir, paramilitary troops broke into a jig after the victory of team at Wankhede Stadium.
SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR/ NEW DELHI, INDIA (APRIL 02, 2011) ANI - India sparked wild celebrations among their billion supporters after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets in the World Cup final in western Mumbai city on Saturday (April 02).
"It was matter of faith of 1.21 billion people. Everybody prayed for this and personnel of CRPF took part in the prayers. That is why India has won the World Cup. We are so happy that we can't express it in words," said Ramesh Singh, a trooper.
In Delhi, scores of fans burst crackers to express their happiness. They waved the national flag and hugged and congratulated each other.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a Captain's knock as India won their second World Cup title after a wait of 28 years.
After Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and opted to bat first, Mahela Jayawardene smashed 103 not out off just 88 balls and featured in half-century stands with Sangakkara (48), Thilan Samaraweera (21) and Nuwan Kulasekara (32) to take Sri Lanka to 274-6.
Yuvraj Singh (2-49), who was named man of the series, was once again the pick of the Indian bowlers, while Zaheer Khan also grabbed a couple of wickets.
India's chase got off to a wobbly start but the 109-run partnership between Gautam Gambhir (97) and man of the match Dhoni (91 not out) hauled them back on track and they overwhelmed the target in the 49th over.
For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga (2-42) shone with the ball, cheaply removing Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar but his bowling colleagues could not drive home the advantage.