There is something uplifting about the heroics of the sporting underdog whose feats touch emotional chords everywhere. But if Sri Lanka’s gallant run... was the tournament’s redemption song, Australia’s thumping victory over Mahela Jayawardene’s in-form team had a familiar ring of inevitability about it. For all the allure David -fells-Goliath tales may offer, the everyday reality of sport at the highest levels is brutally illuminating. The victory... established Ricky Ponting’s side as one of the finest teams to have ever played one-day cricket... It was a tournament nearly undone by the murder of Bob Woolmer, rendered forgettable by the... one-sided games and the organizers’ short-sighted disregard for Calypso culture. It is wholly to Australia’s credit that it remained impervious to mediocrity. Individual brilliance is disciplined to contribute to the larger team cause and the mental strength of the Aussies is legendary.
Updated: Tue, May 01 2007. 12 03 AM IST