Mumbai: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar admitted that Saturday was the "proudest day of my life" after India beat Sri Lanka to win the cricket World Cup.

"Couldn't have asked for more. This is ultimate. It is the proudest moment of my life," said Tendulkar in an emotionally choked voice.

"I thank the team for putting up a fabulous performance and playing consistent cricket," the maestro added.

Tendulkar who did a lap of honour on shoulder of his teammates said that there was tears in his eyes once Dhoni hit that six.

"Yes, they were happy tears. So I don't mind. We have stuck together through ups and down," stated the smiling legend.

Tendulkar who missed out on his 100th international ton lavished praise on the support staff especially adventure expert and motivational expert Mike Horn who joined the team a few days back.

"I wanted to thank Mike Horn. The sessions with him were of immense help. Also I want to thank Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton. They have to be given the credit as they instilled a bit more self belief in us. We have been very consistent during the last two years and this is a result of that," Tendulkar said.

Sachin stays second-highest run-getter in WC 2011

Sachin Tendulkar got out for 18 in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka on Saturday and missed out on being the highest run-getter in the tournament.

Sachin edged a Lasith Malinga delivery to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara to fell 19 runs short of Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan's 500 runs in the tournament. Tendulkar ended his Cup campaign with 482 runs from nine matches.

Sachin will have to wait for his hundredth international century.

Sachin, a veteran of six World Cups, was the leading run-getter in the 1996 and 2003 editions.

 

Dhoni crosses 6,000-run mark, Gambhir 4,000

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni crossed the 6,000-run mark in ODI cricket during the World Cup summit clash against Sri Lanka here while teammate Gautam Gambhir also took his tally past 4,000.

Dhoni needed 42 runs to reach the mark before the final and he reached the milestone with a double of Lasith Malinga in his 186th ODI.

He is now the seventh Indian batsman to have crossed the 6,000-run mark after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mohd. Azharuddin, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag.

Dhoni, who made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh in Chittagong, had an average of 48.04 before Saturday’s match with seven hundreds and 37 fifties. His highest score is 183 not out.

Gambhir needed 24 to reach 4,000-run mark before the Mumbai’s final match and he reached the milestone with a boundary off Nuwan Kulasekara in his 114th ODI. He had an average of 40.16 before World cup's final match with nine centuries and 24 fifties to his credit.

(Agencies)