We played like champions: Yuvi

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 10:15 AM IST

Mumbai: "We played like champions and we deserve to win", player of the tournament Yuvraj Singh declared after India`s historic World Cup triumph after a gap of 28 years on Saturday.

"We batted like champions and we save lots of runs at the field," Yuvraj said after he was handed Player of the Tournament award by ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

Yuvraj, who had said that he was playing the World Cup for a "special person", dedicated his award to the team, his two gurus and parents.

"This (winning the 50-over format World Cup) is unbelievable. Under-19 World Cup, then Twenty20 World Cup but this is the most special," he said after India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the World Cup summit showdown.

"(This is) for Sachin, for everyone else in the team. I want to dedicate this to my Guru Ram Singh and Guru Ajit Singh and my parents and friends," he said.

The Chandigarh-born player, who won four man-of-the-match awards for his stupendous show with the bat and ball in the tournament, was a satisfied man that he had contributed to the team`s success.

"We don`t have a proper left-arm spinner and so it was my job to bowl 10 overs. Narendra Hirwani has been helping me and I have been working hard. I have done well and for that I am winning this trophy.”

"Tonight is going to be good night. I don`t want to disclose what we are going to do. But thank you India," he said.

He said the team did not panic after the early dismissals of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag and the discussed how the players should avoid the mistakes committed during India`s 2003 World Cup final loss against Australia in Johannesburg.

"Last time we were in World Cup final (in 2003), we made lots of mistakes. We wanted to make amends. Batting second is lot of pressure but Gauti and MS played outstandingly. They played like it was a normal game after the early dismissals," he said.

PTI