WC 2003 - We deserved to win the World Cup: Ponting

Published: Monday, March 24, 2003, 3:56 [IST]
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Victorious Ponting Johannesburg: Australian captain Ricky Ponting saluted his team for retaining the cricket World Cup on Sunday, saying the players stood up to be counted when it mattered most. "I am at a loss for words but I can say we were outstanding," said Ponting, whose unbeaten 140 off 121 balls helped Australia crush India by 125 runs in a one-sided final at the Wanderers."It was nice to get a hundred, it was probably a bit overdue since I had not done enough in the lead-up games," the Australian captain added. "We remained unbeaten in the whole tournament and that says a lot for the team."The World Cup comes once in four years and the boys put their hands up and performed when it mattered most."Ponting feigned surprised when he received the winners purse of $ 2 million from International Cricket Council (ICC) president Malcolm Gray. "That's a lot of money, but I suppose we deserved it," he said.Losing Indian captain Saurav Ganguly lauded both the victors and his own team. "Hats off to Australia, it played like great champion," Ganguly said. It was a good wicket to bowl on in the morning, but unfortunately our bowlers did not put the ball in the right place."It was one bad day for the seamers but I am proud of the way they bowled through the tournament. I am proud of the whole team. India had a fantastic World Cup even though we may not have won it."I would also like to thank the people who supported the team both here and in India. We could not take the Cup home because Australia was the better team, but we can go home with our heads held high."Australia became the first nation to win three World Cup titles following its success in 1987 in India and in the last tournament four years ago in England.They won all its 11 matches in the 2003 event to take its unbeaten streak in One-day cricket to an unprecedented 17 games.Copyright AFP 2001

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