England player ratings
Never again will we wonder why Geoff Boycott and Mike Brearley opened the batting in the 1979 World Cup, nor why Mike Gatting tried to reverse-sweep Allan Border in the 1987 edition. The lbw decision that Derek Pringle never got against Javed Miandad in 1992 can be forgotten about, and so too can Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne's remarkable ninth-wicket stand that took the Windies home at The Oval in 2004.
After three failures in World Cup finals, and one in the Champions Trophy final, England have finally passed the winning post in a major ICC tournament. And here are my marks out of 10, based on performances across the whole tournament, for the heroes of the hour.
The victorious England team celebrate their World Twenty20 win. Photo AP
Michael Lumb - 7
A selectorial hunch paid off. Scored his runs at a really healthy rate throughout, and the theory he might struggle against spin was pretty much quashed when a score of 33 in the semi-final against Sri Lanka hastened England's victory. That was his highest score, and in seven completed innings he may have wanted something more substantial.
Craig Kieswetter - 8
After accepting his man-of-the-match award in the final, he was quick to acknowledge that he needs to work on his wicketkeeping. One could write a book about his batting, so imperfect in many ways, but when he gets it right he is capable of breathtaking shots. The coaches will want to tweak a few things, but he is clearly a very exciting find.
Kevin Pietersen - 9
He managed to dodge the ash cloud, and the only match England didn't have to win, to attend the birth of his son, and when he came back he carried on hitting the ball with the utter certainty he has possessed for the vast majority of his England career. He had a bad year in 2009 for a variety of reasons. Now he is back, and how.
Paul Collingwood captain- 7
The record books will show he could hardly buy a run in this tournament, but after a rocky period in Guyana he got his team firing on all four cylinders as England delivered one crushing win after another from the Super Eights onwards. With plenty of help from coach Andy Flower he defined and delivered a winning strategy that was based on attack, with bat and ball, at every opportunity.
Eoin Morgan - 8
Like Charles Bronson's character in Once Upon A Time in the West, Eoin Morgan goes about his business with the confident smile of the assassin. He did much of his best work on the sticky tracks of Guyana which most other batsmen detested, while there was also a wickedly-timed innings to get England home against New Zealand.
Luke Wright - 8
Wright kicked off his tournament with a wonderful 45 not out against West Indies, he fielded very well throughout, and when required to bowl an over in the final he conceded only five runs and removed the very dangerous six-hitter Cameron White. The number six role is not easy to fill, but England appear to have found their man.
Tim Bresnan - 7
Was such a model of consistency that it seemed a shock when batsmen finally hit a few boundaries off him in the semi-final and the final. Intelligently chose not to try to match the pace of Stuart Broad by dishing out short balls, instead concentrating on a tight line just back of a length, and batted very nicely against New Zealand.
Graeme Swann - 9
Shared the title of England's leading wicket-taker with Ryan Sidebottom, and did it with the best economy rate of all Collingwood's bowlers. It no longer comes as a surprise to see Swann perform out of his skin for England, and he was quite brilliant in frustrating the big Australian hitters in the final, taking 1-17 in his four overs.
Michael Yardy - 8
His selection was met with surprise, but despite being taken for 21 in a single over by David Hussey and Cameron White in the final, Yardy still ended with a tournament economy rate comfortably below seven an over, his highlight a spell of 2-19 against Pakistan. Curiously, England appear to have more use of his "darts" than Sussex.
Stuart Broad - 8
Bowled outstandingly in the semi-final against Sri Lanka, when England lost an important toss and had to work hard to restrict their opponents on the slow St Lucia wicket. Picked up the tournament's biggest run-getter, Mahela Jayawardene, with one of the best opening deliveries you could hope for, taking 2-21. Never disappointed.
Ryan Sidebottom - 8
When he kept James Anderson's out of England's first match in the tournament, armchair pundits were queuing up to scorn the selection. When he took his 10th wicket of the tournament, and second of the final, they had conveniently forgotten their earlier opinions. And he has also nailed the slower bouncer down to perfection.