"Sachin Tendulkar the source of inspiration", says YUVI

Yuvraj ans Sachin after winning World Cup
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh ended a nationwide guessing game by revealing the identity of the driving force behind his World Cup heroics - Sachin Tendulkar.

After India's quarter-final victory against champions Australia with an impressive all-round display in Ahmedabad, he had stated that he was playing the World Cup for a certain 'special person' and that he would reveal the person's name if India was in the final on April 2nd.

He refused then to reveal the identity of the person concerned but promised to reveal all if India made it to the final where on Saturday they defeated Sri Lanka to win the world title. "I'm very sorry to disappoint you guys. It was not for my girlfriend but for Sachin Tendulkar," said Yuvraj.

Yuvraj was echoing the wishes of millions of India fans, who'd been desperate for 37-year-old star batsman Tendulkar to fulfil his dream of winning a first World Cup title at his sixth, and probably last, attempt.

But Tendulkar was not the star of this show, with Yuvraj topping India's tournament batting averages with 362 runs at 90.50 including a century and four fifties. He also collected 15 wickets with his left-arm spin at a respectable 25.13 apiece.

The 29-year old Yuraj Singh, paid tribute to former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the influence they'd had on his career.
"When I started my career Sourav was the captain and he supported me a lot. When I went through ups and downs 'Mahi' (Dhoni) supported me. 'Mahi' has been a great captain. Whatever he touches turns into gold."

Dhoni, named man-of-the-match in the final for a superbly paced unbeaten 91, said he always believed Yuvraj could be a game-breaker. "What we wanted was to keep him going, as we know once he keeps going he goes throughout the tournament and his bowling also improves."

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