India became the first home nation to win a World Cup when they defeated Sri Lanka in the final at the iconic Wankhede. It was an emotional journey for India as it was Sachin Tendulkar's final appearance in cricket's biggest extravaganza.
Having played in a record five World Cups for India before the 2011 World Cup, this was Sachin's last chance to win the title.
Sri Lanka won the toss and Mahela Jayawardene's unbeaten 103 took the islanders to 274/6 in 50 overs. India were in trouble when they lost both Sachin and Sehwag at 31/2.
But it was for the 109-run stand between captain MS Dhoni (91 not out) and Gautam Gambhir (97) that took India to the cusp of victory before Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh finished it off.
Earlier, India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final whereas Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand in the other semi-final.
Pakistan were hoping to upstage India at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali but the much-vaunted challenge fell away before the professional Indian outfit.