Then the unusually long wait for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international century. Since hitting his 99th ton in the World Cup match against South Africa, the maestro came within striking distance of that magic hundred twice in Tests against England and the West Indies.
Tendulkar, however, was able to realise his childhood dream of being part of a World Cup winning team and that too on his home turf Wankhede Stadium. He must also be happy that he is not the only player to score a double century in One-Day Internationals (ODI) - that he did last year and his team mate Virender Sehwag not only emulated him but also raised the bar to a height not easily reachable.
In Image: India's Sachin Tendulkar, center top, is carried by fellow team members after India's win in the Cricket World Cup final
Sports Year-ender 2011