I was thinking about the gauntlet that India had to run through to win the cup...and their last four victories came in order against
The West Indies
Now, the Cricket World Cup has been played since 1975, and the following countries have, in order, won their first title since then.
The amazing thing about Team India's run in the 2011 World Cup is that they beat the teams in the same order as their first World Cup title. Obviously it is a mere coincidence, but it is still uncanny that the sequence played out in this way.
Beyond all this though, congratulations are in order to the Men in Blue. They did themselves and the country proud.
This year, S and I have been privileged to have watched and followed two teams that made a successful run at the title. Both of them were talented enough that they were considered favorites for the title, both stumbled a bit and then when they hit on all cylinders, took on all comers and blitzed their way to the epitome of their respective sports.
One is Team India in Cricket. The other? The 2010-11 Green Bay Packers in the NFL.