The recently-concluded Cricket World Cup, not to mention India’s win, was a much needed breather for the otherwise turmoilridden South Asian region. It was a pleasure watch- ing and cheering our teams making their way through the rounds and finding slots in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, by beating some of the strongest contenders. Equally exhilarating was to watch two Asian cricket giants fight each other in the finals. Both India and Sri Lanka were a tremendous match, where after a nailbiting game, India emerged as the new Cricket World Cup champion. The event was memorable in many ways. Co-hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, it brought cricket fever to every city and town across the region, boosting tourism and serving as a remedy to their otherwise struggling images in the international community. Similarly, the semi-final in Mohali turned into a welcome showcase for the fledgling peace process between India and Pakistan. The first IndiaPakistan match played in the subcontinent since the Mumbai attacks afforded an opportunity for the Prime Ministers of both nations to meet and talk on a broad range of issues. So, while India celebrates its win, let us hope that the Mohali spirit produces a long and rewarding innings of peace and cooperation between the two squabbling neighbors.