Newly crowned ODI World Champions India were always the favourites to lift the trophy. That was something the team planned for well in advance and the fans expected victory from the very beginning, nothing less.
The reactions haven’t stopped following from the moment MS Dhoni lifted the gold-silver plated trophy. The players partied until early on Sunday morning, before their itineraries took a new shape, this time one worthy of champions.
Just as the 2007 World Cup final ended in farce, the 2011 World began with confusion as the toss had to be conducted twice following Kumar Sangakkara's inaudible call. Thankfully, it proved irrelevant with India winning and the cricket on show being particularly memorable.
Neither semi-final saw an abundance of great quality so it was fitting that the final was a close game with both sides performing near to their best.
Sachin Tendulkar has described winning the World Cup with India as the most memorable moment of his long and distinguished playing career.
Tendulkar made 18 runs before his side beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in Mumbai to lift the World Cup for the second time following their success in 1983.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni poses with the World Cup trophy in front of the Taj Mahal one day after his side beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final in Mumbai.
Dhoni hit a six to win the match in the penultimate over to hand India their first World Cup success since 1983.
India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka, which they went on to win by six wickets in Mumbai.
India were deemed to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into account during Sri Lanka's innings of 274 for six.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named the following set of 12 players as their Team of the World Cup, which was won in thrilling style by India against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.