India excelled throughout the tournament but couldn’t bring the World Cup trophy home. Australia spoiled India’s party in the finals with clinical performance in all three departments. The wicket prepared was dry and slow, making batting difficult. The Aussies were brilliant and bowled to their field, taking advantage of the abrasive nature of the wicket. Man-to-man India was superior, but the sluggish, dry track worked against them. Despite faltering at the last hurdle, the Indian team was outstanding throughout the tournament. The author of this article is Anis Sajan, a cricket enthusiast and prominent businessman serving as Vice Chairman, the Danube Group.