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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 March, 2003, 20:57 GMT
Have Your Say on India
Australia retain the Cricket World Cup after ruthlessly beating India by 125 runs in Johannesburg.

Do Australia make worthy winners - or did India throw it away?

Have Your Say using the form on the right-hand side of the page.

Return here throughout the tournament to discuss their progress through the rest of the competition.


India's bowling was pathetic. They got so far but they didn't achieve anything.
Steven Singh, London

The greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising after every fall. I am confident that 2007 will be ours. Keep it up India.
KB Khan, Mumbai

Pathetic bowling by India.
Srikanth Rushi, USA
Tendulkar didn't play like Tendulkar, therefore India lost the WC. Had Tendulkar replicated his innings from the Pakistan match, they would have won.

There was too much pressure on Tendulkar. But rightly so, he is the best batsmen to ever have lived. India threw it away with Tendulkar's wicket.
Ali, USA,

Lack of experience by Indian bowlers was no excuse. They were pathetic. They have more combined caps than the Aussie line up by far.
Darren Johnston, London

Our boys did us proud getting to the finals. Okay they gave too many runs away in the final but this is a young side who I'm sure will triumph in the next World Cup, so watch out Australia.
Mukesh Hirani, London, UK

Pathetic bowling by India. Did they realize that they are playing the final? If kumble was in the playing eleven it would have made a big difference as Aussies always stumble before genuine spin.
Srikanth Rushi, USA

If Anil was picked, they would have crossed 400 if not 450.
Madhan, US

The result was never in doubt
Nids, UK
This is sad! I was looking forward to a great performance by Tendulkar and Ganguly! I was really disappointed that they were both out within nine overs.
Fatima, Canada

I don't really understand cricket and I never watch it, but 359 sounded pretty hard too beat.
NJ, USA

The result was never in doubt, this Australian team has literally strolled through the tournament. India have been very lucky to even reach the final, having only to beat Kenya in the super sixes in order to reach the semi-final and then almost laughably having to face the same cricketing minnow in the semis.
Nids, UK

It was next to impossible after three early wickets went down.
Jagdish, USA

Nothing could have saved the Indians, not Tendulkar, not even Duckworth/Lewis.
Darren, USA

What a great final, what a great world cup. Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Shane Bond. The whole thing has been just amazing.
Mark Floden, Dubai, UAE

India are the best of the rest. Australia are the number ones by a long way. Go Aussies!
Greg, Australia

A pathetic bowling display by India lost them the match. The idea of playing only with four bowlers has finally backfired. It was a matter of time. They should have included Agarkar instead of Mongia.
SK, USA

India's bowlers let us down. 360 was too big a target to score off an Australian team as talented as this one. Anything around 300 would have been easy for the Indian batsmen.
Kenny, US

Australia played well today. Ok, they played very well. But India will make a recovery, I know it! If India do win, I have promised my class at school that I will bring in some chocolates for the class to celebrate our winnings. COME ON INDIA!
Nish, Middlesex

I think that India's decision to field first was wrong, and was reinforced by the bowlers, who bowled terribly...the pitch had a lot of movement but India didn't take advantage of it.

And then Saurav Ganguly's "swipe" off the floor set an awful example - he clearly knew that he swiped the ball off the floor but yet he still appealed; that is appalling.
Heena, Huddersfield

I might only be 12 years old, but I have no doubt in India. After all, they are our team! But everyone is looing hope! I really wish that my two heroes, Sehwag and Dravid, kick some butt! It's still not too late, we could still win!
Henal, Bridgewater

India's decision to field first was wrong
Heena, Huddersfield

I do not think India will be able to chase the huge score set by Australia. The Australians deserve it.
Boney Mathew, India

Indian bowlers let us down. Even if the Indian batsmen try to make a match out of this game it would be in vain. 360 is too big a target to score off an Australian team as talented as this one. Anything around 300 would have been easy for the Indian batsmen.
Kenny, US

Australia played well today. Ok, they played very well. But India will make a recovery, I know it! If India do win, I have promised my class at school that I will bring in some chocolates for the class to celebrate our winnings. COME ON INDIA!
Nish, Middlesex

I think that India's decision to field first was wrong, and was reinforced by the bowlers, who bowled terribly...the pitch had a lot of movement but India didn't take advantage of it.

And then Saurav Ganguly's "swipe" off the floor set an awful example - he clearly knew that he swiped the ball off the floor but yet he still appealed; that is appalling.
Heena, Huddersfield

I might only be 12 years old, but I have no doubt in India. After all, they are our team! But everyone is looing hope! I really wish that my two heroes, Sehwag and Dravid, kick some butt! It's still not too late, we could still win!
Henal, Bridgewater

I do not think India will be able to chase the huge score set by Australia. The Australians deserve it.
Boney Mathew, India

Who does the Indian team think will make 360 runs today to win?
Xyz, USA

This final match has been the most pathetic bowling performance by India. They gifted away the game to Australia when in the first over Zaheer Khan gave away 15 runs.

How hard is to maintain a decent line and length? If the first few overs were a nightmare to watch, what about the comeback spell from our wonderful bowlers? Who does the Indian team think will make 360 runs today to win?
Xyz, USA

I guess Indians were fortunate enough to reach the final. It was not due to their capabilities but due to lack of good performance of their opponents. After today's play I guess the Indians will never forget the Aussies... they are simply superb!!
Maneesh, USA

I am tired of hearing that the Aussies are invincible. The ball is round and India is playing well. In the final all previous games do not count.

The Aussies won some games narrowly and were lucky. On the other hand the Indians beat most teams convincingly. Watch out Aussies the Indians are coming and will win the final.
Jessie, Abilene, TX, USA

I must admit, I have not seen the Indians play as such a 'team' in a very long time. It looks like all the players compliment each other brilliantly. The way they huddle together after their very impeccable wins just shows how determined they are to win the World Cup.

The way India has been playing, they look unstoppable
Raj, London

The Aussies have played good cricket and India are going in as the 'underdogs'. However, just remember that before the Aussies beat us in the first round, the number of times each team has beaten each other in one-day internationals was the same, I guess it's time for India to equal the record.

The Aussies have a very potent bowling attack, but as we've seen our bowling is no slouch either, our fielding has been outstanding and as for India's batting, what can I say - it's simply the best!

I know this is a slightly bias view, but I am an Indian and the way India has been playing, they look unstoppable. In my opinion, the Aussies don't look so superior. I feel their batting has sometimes let them down and they've not really won each of their matches as convincingly as India has.
Raj, London

Matt, we heard similar assertions when Australia were on a 16-Test win roll. We also heard similar assertions from various teams throughout the World Cup.

India have not indulged in trash-talking on or off the field. The team has let their performance do the talking. I'd suggest that you, as an Aussie fan, leave the claims of being the best till after the final. You might have been made to change your opinion by then.
Surajit Chakravarty, Netherlands/India

I have watched India play each and every match and am very proud of our players and our captain. Yesterday's match against Kenya was splendid, the whole of our team were in form and fielded extremely well. The loyalty of the team towards their captain was so very obvious on the screen. I wish them best of luck on Sunday against Australia and will be watching them keenly.
Veena Seth, Manchester, U.K.

Even if the Indian play out of their skins they will probably get beaten by the best
Matt, Australia

The defeats and disappointments at New Zealand are indeed eye-openers for the Indian Team. India is peaking at the right to win the final.
Jazer J. Raj, Nagercoil, India

We should be thankful that, after all the farcical goings-on during this competition, we still have the two best teams competing in the final. I still fancy the Aussies, they just always manage to come good. As for the guy who described the little master as 'adequate', come back when you know something about cricket.
Richard Jefferies, UK

It is pay back time for Australia
Keshav, England

India have now made the final, let's hope they can make a game of it. I just hope it isn't a repeat of the last game and India do not get intimidated and Tendulkar gets a big scores. Unfortunately even if the Indian play out of their skins they will probably get beaten by the best.
Matt, Australia

The Indian Cricket team is on a roll and it is extremely delightful to watch them play. They are all fired up and look as if there is nothing that can stop them from taking the Cup home. You have a lot of Pakistani cricket fans on your side as you go into the finals on Sunday. Show the Aussies they are not invincible!
Jehan, Pakistan

India have beaten each and every one of its opponents with better margins, and with far more ease than the Aussies
J, India
India has a good side, but on the field they are not world class. I look forward to a good match and how Sachin, Sehwag, and co. handle Brett Lee, McGrath, and co. Let the team which plays better cricket on Sunday win.
KS, Singapore

This is the peak time for every player in the squad. Every player is putting in his best and moreover India have defeated Australia on many crucial occasions. It's going to be finest cricket on final and it's good time for all fans to enjoy good cricket played from both side.
Nagendra Tripathi, Sweden, Stockholm

After two months of cricketing actions, now we have come to the final, and the two finalist are in good form and shape, however the Australians is one step ahead of Indians. Now a lot of things depends on the playing God (Sachin) to write the final judgement.
S T Arasu, Singapore

Aussies are tougher than us and we should remember that they haven't seen a single defeat in the tournament. What India needs to do is to give lives in fielding, batting & bowling. We should remember we are in the best form ever and the team is destined to win the cup. I strongly believe India has every possibility to win this world cup
M.V.Chandramohan, Mumbai

Here's something for all of us to chew on - India has beaten each and every one of its opponents with better margins, and with far more ease than the Aussies. Compare the records of the two teams against - England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Kenya - Indians have a significantly better record. If the Indians can perform to up to 80% of their combined ability- we'll have a sure winner.
J, India

Both India and the Aussies have enough talent to win the World Cup. The difference is in the mind. Who has the mental toughness to prevail? I am looking forward to a great match.
Phil, Queensland

This Indian team is probably the best I've ever seen
PPT, USA

Talking about statistics, India have a 100% winning track record in the World Cup Final's. Whenever they reach it...they have won it! Watch out Aussies....
Pankaj Badlani, Los Angeles, USA

Both Australia and India are both evenly matched. Although Australia have an unbeaten record in this World Cup, India on current form should win. Much will depend on the weather and the toss. It should turn out to be a thrilling , match the best of the tournament A great finale'
Reggie Jeyarajah, Austin, Texas, USA

Nobody is invincible in this world and it goes for Australia to India has peaked at the right time and it has all the capability in the world to beat Australia, it has all the fire power to rise and pull down the Aussies.
Vivek Reddy Mandadi, USA

This Indian team is probably the best I've ever seen. The only other team that comes close is team that Kapil Dev led to the Benson and Hedges World championship in 1985. But these guys are much better
PPT, USA

It does not matter if India wins the final or not. What is important, though, is the fact that they are in the finals and this final is going to be simply worth watching.
Pooanm, Vancouver, Canada

A neutral view: I favour Australians they are looking unbeatable. India's strength is batting, Aussies can match it, and bowling wise Aussies with the experience are miles ahead. I think a comfortable win for the aussies in probable, although would like to see a good game!
Dawood, UK

Its a mind game and in the end the team which plays best under pressure will win
Monojit Chatterji, Scotland

India have to now concentrate on beating Australia in the final. Whatever they did in the tournament till now will come to nothing if they don't play to their potential. They have done it before and I don't believe that the Australian team is invincible.

The law of averages is bound to catch up with them but at a very crucial time. India only need to play positive cricket and not get overawed by the opponents and the occasion. We are all in for a mouth-watering final.
Harish Dittakavi, Los Angeles

Arguably : World's best bowling line up (Aussies) vs the best batting line up and second best bowling (India) vs the second best batting (Aussies) ! Couldn't ask for a better clash! The first match of the tournament was a great match and hopefully this one would be another (everything in between has been a flop really except for a few sparks)
Anu, UK

Just wanted to congratulate the Indian team on a stunning performance and wanted to say two things. First of if God played cricket it wouldn't be better than Sachin. Secondly we had Kenya for supper and will have the Aussies for desert.
Deeoak, Toronto, Canada

A great final is in the offing. Its a mind game and in the end the team which plays best under pressure will win. The mental strength of Australia is awesome, but India is riding the crest of a wave. Pity we cant see the game on TV.
Monojit Chatterji, Scotland

India have a great cricket team and I am sure that they will win against the Australians on Sunday. All they have to do is not to give respect to the Aussies and go out and play the aggressive cricket that they are perfectly capable of playing.
Haresh Patel, Leicester

The Achilles' heel for India in the past has been our bowling. But as everyone knows, at this World Cup the bowling has simply been awesome. For this reason I think India can win the World Cup.

I urge all you "Indians" out there to get behind the team and support them
Nikhil, London

The team has the best batting line-up in the world, with the bowling in World Cup-winning form, and with Yuvraj and Kaif as brilliant young leaders in the field I am confident India can go all the way.
Manpreet Haer, Hitchin, Herts

I agree that Australia have a great team, but am extremely disappointed with some of the "so-called" India supporters in this column. Some of you people have no faith at all in the Indian team, and have already written off India's chances of winning the World Cup.

Upsets do occur, and the World Cup final may be no different - who gave the Indian team a chance in the 1983 final?? Getting to the final, however, is not a foregone conclusion because it's a funny old game and Kenya have been impressive - but I fully expect India to win the World Cup.

That is what you call true support (and some of you could learn from this). Australia are far from invincible, but I urge all you "Indians" out there to get behind the team and support them regardless of what the next few days hold - even if that does include a loss for us.
Nikhil, London

Geoff Boycott and his three-page fax to Ganguly offering advice on how to win the World Cup (and against the Aussies) is a clear example of the English being fed-up with the Aussies being so good (and they are! Credit where it is due) at cricket.

All other England fans should also follow his example and lend support the Indians lifting the trophy. After coming back from SA following England, I will add that the Bharat Army have been supporting England in their other matches and vice versa.

Therefore, let's all ease off slandering each other's nations and enjoy the build up to the final - whoever gets there - after all, it's only a game!
Harvinder Singh, UK

India is ready to pay back all her debts with interest to Aussies
Anil Antony, Bahamas

Can India win the World Cup? This question sure does send a chill down the spine, but the fact remains that this sure is the best shot we have - considering all our players are at the peak of their performances. The talent we have is enough to beat the Aussies in the finals.

But being on the negative front can sure lead to a debacle against Kenya too. Hell, why not just be positive and cheer for the best team the world has ever seen so far and will ever see in the years to come. GOOO INDIA!!
Samir, Phoenix, Arizona

The Indian side has recovered from a shaky and unconfident start to emerge as the only true threat to the dominant Aussies. Er...but wait a minute, you still have the Kenyans to contend with.

If the Indian side has any doubts over its abilities then let them step aside and let the Kenyans finish off what we came here to do in the first place - win the World Cup! If you get past the Kenyans then God be with you. Go for it boys !
Fayaz Khan, Kenyan in Iowa, USA

India is ready to pay back all her debts with interest to Aussies. Ganguly and his gang are ready for that. After twenty years of long waiting, India is ready to take home the World Cup. Beware Aussies.
Anil Antony, Freeport, Bahamas

Playing in the final is not a foregone conclusion. India must still beat Kenya who, just maybe, are not there by fluke. India must treat Kenya the same as they would Australia or risk defeat.

India needs to gel as unit once again for this crucial encounter with Kenya
Sidhartha Priye, USA

That said, I expect India to win comfortably and meet Australia in the final. This should be the contest of the tournament. Either side can win on their day. Australia do not fear India, but they do respect them.

India must approach the match with the same attitude. Let's hope the contest is close and exciting - I can't wait!
Greg, Australia




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