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'Australia are the trailblazers of the new century'

March 25, 2003 18:06 IST
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Adam Gilchrist on Andrew Symonds:
"We were 4-84 against the dangerous Pakistanis and looking down the barrel when Andrew Symonds took it upon himself to reshape not only that match but our entire World Cup with one of the best limited-overs innings I have seen."

Ricky Ponting on Australia:
"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."

John Wright on the current Indian team:
"We are a young side and a lot of these players are going to be around for many more World Cups. We have the makings of a very good one-day team."
(Source: Reuters)

Dr Ali Bacher, Executive Director of the World Cup, on Sachin Tendulkar:
"We wanted this to be the best World Cup ever, and Sachin's brilliant batting has helped the tournament captivate many millions of people around the cricketing world. He thoroughly deserves this accolade "

Sourav Ganguly on the Indian bowlers:
"It was one of those bad days for them. I think they bowled a bit too short. But all credit to them. They bowled splendidly well throughout the tournament. Thanks to them and my other team-mates for their efforts in getting to the final. Obviously we didn't win, but I'm very proud of them."

Vivian Richards on Australia:
"At the end of the day, the Australians were the best team from start to finish. Their professional approach and ability to keep focus on winning was indeed impressive. They were tested on occasions but they invariably came out with flying colours. Their philosophy, "Never beaten till the end", is an inspiring one, and should be taken on board by many other teams. There is no doubt they are the trailblazers of the new century."

Ricky Ponting's message to all Aussie fans:
"Thanks to all the Australians who have come out and supported us all the way through. It has all come good and it is a fantastic win for all Australians -- and they should be very proud."

Former Indian cricket board president A C Muthiah on India's performance:
"We batted and bowled well in this World Cup. We have demonstrated [this] brilliantly in our chase in the final too, through Sehwag and Dravid, but we buckled under pressure. The team lacked strategy, the vital factor in such situations, which the Australians showed up."
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