Superb team effort
Mumbai: Hailing India`s sensational World Cup triumph last night as a great team effort, chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men defeated all the top teams in the mega-event to prove themselves the best.
"It`s a great team effort, a superb effort by the boys. Don`t forget they had beaten all the big teams. That shows India is clearly the best team in the world," the former India captain told reporters a day after Dhoni`s warriors vanquished Sri Lanka by six wickets in the Cup final here.
According to the former opener, the brilliant display by the Indian squad showed what a good combination of talent can achieve.
"It`s a question of how to combine a strong batting line up backed up by good bowling and fielding. It can do wonders.It`s a great effort by the boys," he said.
According to the Chennai-based member of the 1983 Cup- winning squad under Kapil Dev, the current team`s biggest asset is their ability to come back from the dead in all forms of the game.
"I have always said the greatest thing about this team is they have been able to come back from difficult situations often, even from the brink at times, and win matches in both Tests and ODIs - from no-win situations."
Srikkanth paid glowing tributes to the match-winning innings of 91 not out by skipper Dhoni in yesterday`s summit clash at the Wankhede Stadium, as well as the contributions by the other members.
"I would like to congratulate Dhoni for his brilliant knock in the final and Gautam Gambhir`s superb anchoring show (innings of 97). (Virat) Kohli also played a very crucial role," Srikkanth said.
Gambhir and Kohli first steadied the Indian run chase with a partnership of 83 after the early fall of openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.
Gambhir and Dhoni then stitched up a crucial partnership of 109 runs to put India well on the victory path.
Srikkanth also hailed the brilliant roles played by Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh whose excellent displays with both bat and ball fetched him the player of the tournament award from the International Cricket Council.
"I am very happy for Tendulkar. Don`t forget he played brilliantly right through the tournament and his dream of winning the World Cup has been realised," said the selection panel chief.
"I`m very happyy for Yuvraj. It`s important to have a very good all rounder in the team and he is filling that gap brilliantly. He is our potential match winner at any point of time and it has been proved very well in this World Cup," he remarked.
Srikkanth also did not forget to hail the contributions of outgoing South Africa-born coach Gary Kirsten.
"I would like to congratulate Gary Kirsten also for his contributions," he said about Kirsten`s near-four-year stint.
"It`s also a great feeling that I (as selector) have played a small part. I can`t ask for anything more in life," concluded Srikkanth about the Indian team`s rise from the lower rungs of both Test and ODI pecking order to the top.