Australia beat India in Sunday's Cricket World Cup final to claim a record-extending sixth title after an epic tournament which started in the first week of October.
India's captain led by example at the top of the order, blazing 597 runs at a strike-rate of 126 – easily the fastest of any batsman to pass 400 runs at the World Cup.
Rohit shifted gears in a match-winning innings of 87 against England, when only two other players reached 30 in the match, and his calm leadership was a feature of India's run to the final.
They won their first 10 games at the tournament and things might have been very different if Rohit hadn't fallen to a magnificent Travis Head catch after cracking 47 off 31 balls in Sunday's showdown.
Australia boldly opted to keep Head in the World Cup squad despite the fact that he was sidelined for their first five matches with a fractured hand.
He repaid the selectors' faith in style, walloping a 59-ball century on his comeback against New Zealand before player-of-the-match performances in the semi-final and final.
Head took two crucial wickets and scored 62 against South Africa in a tense semi-final win and followed up his brilliant catch to dismiss Rohit in the final with a superb innings of 137.
The breakout star of the World Cup was New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra, who only made his ODI debut in March.
He marked his first appearance at the tournament with a sparkling 123 not out against defending champions England, also scoring elegant centuries against Australia and Pakistan and 75 against India, and his left-arm spin should be a useful weapon for the Black Caps in years to come.
India's batting talisman Virat Kohli finished as the leading runscorer at the tournament with 765 runs – 168 more than his nearest challenger Rohit.
Kohli's century in the semi-final against New Zealand, a record 50th ODI ton, was one of the highlights of the World Cup and his dismissal for 54 proved to be a significant turning point in the final.
India's bowling attack was sensational during their 10-match winning streak so New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell deserves great credit for making 130 against them in the group stage and 134 in the semi-final.
Mitchell had four other scores of 40 or more, including an unbeaten 89 against Bangladesh and a half-century against Australia, as he enhanced his reputation as one of the most versatile and reliable middle-order batsmen in international cricket.
South Africa's Quinton de Kock scored four centuries and claimed 20 dismissals behind the stumps but his form with the bat tailed off at the business end of the tournament and he blotted his copybook with a crucial drop late in the semi-final thriller against Australia.
India's KL Rahul gets the nod as wicketkeeper-batsman, then. His campaign started with a nerveless 97 not out against Australia, having come in with India on the ropes at 2-3.
Rahul's keeping was consistently good and he was a reliable presence in the middle-order, making 102, 39 not out and 66 in his final three innings.
Australia's Glenn Maxwell has always been a box-office star and he had a dramatic World Cup campaign, missing one game due to concussion after falling off a golf-cart.
Either side of that mishap, Maxwell smashed the fastest century in World Cup history, off 40 balls against the Netherlands, and scored an extraordinary 201 not out against Afghanistan, dragging the Aussies from 91-7 to to a target of 292.
He was relatively quiet in the final but still took the key wicket of Rohit before hitting the winning runs for the Aussies.
Australia's captain boldly put India into bat in the final and backed up that decision by conceding just 34 runs in his 10 overs and taking the key wickets of Kohli and the in-form Shreyas Iyer.
Cummins, like the whole Australia team, got better and better as the tournament went on. He played a crucial supporting role with the bat during Maxwell's miraculous knock against Afghanistan, claimed 3-51 and scored a vital 14 not out in the semi-final against South Africa, and his leadership helped the Aussies silence the home crowd in the final.
Like Australia's hero Head, Mohammed Shami missed the start of the World Cup but made a massive impact once he returned to action, ending up as the top tournament wicket-taker despite playing only seven of India's 11 games.
His 24 scalps included five-wicket hauls in group wins over New Zealand and Sri Lanka and a stunning spell of 4-22 against England, while his figures of 7-57 in the semi-final against the Black Caps earned him the player-of-the-match award.
The form of leg-spinner Adam Zampa was a concern for Australia coming into the World Cup as he had recorded the joint-worst figures in ODI history, 0-113 off 10 overs, against South Africa in September.
Zampa responded brilliantly, taking 18 wickets in successive group wins over Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and England to get Australia's campaign back on track, and his 1-44 from 10 overs in the final put the skids on India's batting unit.
Sri Lanka fans didn't have much to cheer about as their team suffered seven defeats in nine matches but young fast bowler Dilshan Madushanka's haul of 21 wickets bodes well for the future.
Madushanka, who had only six ODI caps before the World Cup, eclipsed fellow left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Trent Boult to finish third in the wicket-taking chart.
His victims included India stars Rohit, Kohli, Iyer, Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav, Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Australia's David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.