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PHOTOS: Best sports moments of 2011 - Part 4

Last updated on: December 22, 2011 08:36 IST

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates with the ICC World Cup trophy after India beat Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on April 2, 2011.

An inspired India regained the coveted World Cup after 28 years as they suppressed Sri Lanka with a six-wicket victory in a nerve-wrecking final to script a glorious new chapter in their cricketing history.

Chasing 275 for a historic win, the Indians held their nerves as they rode on Gautam Gambhir's 97 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 91 to overhaul the target with 10 balls to spare and send the cricket-crazy nation into a frenzy.

The World Cup title triumph was doubly special for Tendulkar since it was the only silverware missing from his collection.


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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits a six to complete victory for India as his Sri Lanka counterpart Kumar Sangakkara looks on during the 2011 ICC World Cup final in Mumbai.

The vociferous, jam-packed crowd at the Wankhede stadium erupted in wild celebrations as Dhoni hit the winning six runs to give India their biggest cricketing moment and crown themselves the ODI world champions.


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Yuvraj Singh poses with the ICC World Cup trophy, with the Gateway of India in the backdrop, during a photo call at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai, on April 3, 2011.

Yuvraj was declared man of the 2011 World Cup for his stupendous all-round effort in the tournament. In nine matches, including six in the league phase, the Punjab-born left-hander amassed 362 runs and took 15 wickets with his slow left-arm spinners to emerge as the man with the golden arm for his country in its quest for World Cup glory for the second time in the tournament's history.


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Stephanie Rice races in the semi-final of the women's 100 metres butterfly during day one of the 2011 Australian Swimming Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Sydney, on April 1, 2011.


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Cox Joel Bateman of Auckland Grammar is thrown into the water after his crew won the Under-18 Coxed Eight Maadi Cup held at Lake Karapiro in Cambridge, New Zealand, on April 2, 2011.


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Inter Milan's Esteban Cambiasso in a tussle for the ball Mark Van Bommel of AC Milan during the Italian Serie A match at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, on April 2, 2011.


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Doron Lamb (right) of the Kentucky Wildcats goes to the hoop against Kemba Walker of the Connecticut Huskies during the National semi-final game of the 2011 NCAA Division I men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on in Houston, Texas, on April 2, 2011.


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Rickie Fowler of the US plays his third shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 7, 2011.


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Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls celebrates after scoring a goal against DC United at the RFK Stadium on April 21, 2011.


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Players compete during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 6, 2011.


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