ndia ended a 24-year wait for a World Cup triumph by capturing the inaugural Twenty20 title on Monday 24-Sept, 2007 under the captainship of Mahender Singh Dhoni after a final against Pakistan befitting their intense rivalry.

“We just went crazy,” star fast bowler Irfan Pathan said. “Unlike other Indian teams this team celebrates in style.”

Skipper Dhoni was keen to temper celebrations. “Just live in the present, keep your feet on the ground, enjoy your success but don”t get carried away,” he told his teammates.

The surprise win by India, who were widely criticised at home earlier this year after being knocked out of
the 50-overs World Cup tournament at the first stage, prompted the government and others to rain gifts on the players.

The private Sahara India trading group gifted each player a new house.

The Board of Cricket Control in India promised huge rewards for the players and support staff.

Among the bigger prizes was a Porsche car for Yuvraj Singh, who hit six sixes in one over.

“It was a brilliant team effort and along with the players, the entire nation is celebrating. Dhoni led the team to a fabulous victory and I can say that Indian cricket is in safe hands,” Sachin Tendulkar said.

Many thanks & Congratulations to Dhoni and Team

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