New Delhi: Americans may have little
knowledge about cricket but a message of congratulations on
behalf of President Barack Obama was on Monday conveyed to Sachin
Tendulkar and MS Dhoni for India`s "historic" and
"spectacular" World Cup victory.
"On behalf of the people of America and President Barack
Obama, we congratulate heartily the Kings of Cricket and the
Kings of the World for bringing the Cup after 28 years,"
US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer said in Delhi.
He described Indian team`s victory as a "historic" and
Roemer congratulated Tendulkar for realising his wish of
winning the World Cup for his country.
"We want to congratulate the magnificient
decision-making of the Indian captain Dhoni, who was flawless
in exercising great judgement," the envoy said here after
meeting Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.
Roemer said he himself wanted to visit the India Gate
here to witness the mass celebrations over the Indian victory
but was advised against it by his security staff in view of
the traffic jams there.
Asked about cricket diplomacy between India and
Pakistan, he said, "it looks like it had attraction, it had a
very optimistic start."
Hailing the leaders of India and Pakistan for dialogue
between the Home Secretaries and "more talks" scheduled to
take place in April, Roemer said, "You have three things
working at once in these talks. You have cricket diplomacy,
you have the real substance and engagement on issues, which is
critical and then you have the people-to-people ties. That is
something which the US applauds."
He, however, added that the US "recognises that only
India and Pakistan will determine the pace" of dialogue.
The US Ambassador also praised the Indian security
forces and police for having "worked hard and tirelessly" to
successfully conduct the event.