With an imperious six, Indian captain MS Dhoni scored the winning runs and led Team India to their second victory at the Cricket World Cup. In Mumbai.

Making this the first time that a host nation has won the World Cup at home (Sri Lanka’s win came in Lahore). And right after that final shot had ensured that the cool confident man from Ranchi would lift the 2011 Cricket World Cup, the Mumbai sky lit up with a fireworks display that rivaled (and defeated) anything I’ve ever seen during every Diwali I have experienced here.

This is a 25-second time capsule of the Mumbai sky in the moments right after we were World Champions again. Maximum City celebrating the Maximum Reward.


Because we have earned the right to be called World Champions again. Without the words ‘former’ or ‘surprise’ or ‘dark horse’ as a qualifier.

1983 was great. 2011 is sweeter.