Indian stars recall historic World Twenty20 triumph 11 years ago

first_imgSepetember 24, 2007 will be remembered as one of the greatest days in Indian cricket history.MS Dhoni’s young brigade won the inaugural World Twenty20 title in South Africa and they did it in some style, beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final.After an embarrassing group-stage exit in 2007 50-overs World Cup in West Indies it was decided that India would send a rather young side for the first edition of the World Twenty20.The inaugural World T20 changed the landscape of Twenty20 cricket with India going from outsiders to lifting the trophy at a packed The Wanderers after beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 5 runs in an epic final.While I am proud of the yesterday of 2007 (on left) but the fact is it was 11 years ago. I’d like to create more space for guys who are doing a fantastic job today (on right), the class of 2018 @BCCI pic.twitter.com/vCkTfkqOBEGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 24, 2018India won the toss and elected to bat first in the final. Gautam Gambhir was the star with the bat for India, hitting 75 off 54 balls to get the total to 157 for 5. Further, Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 16-ball 30 proved a crucial cameo in the match.As far as the bowling was concerned, RP Singh struck early with the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal, and Irfan Pathan was excellent with figures of 3/16 in his quota of four overs as India took the driver’s seat. Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never seemed to be on top of the chase.advertisementCan’t explain how beautiful moment this was! One epic, thrilling final against Pakistan..11 years ago in Johannesburg! #Throwback #MemoryLane #ProudMoment pic.twitter.com/blYCAkCgOkHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 24, 2018Even though Pakistan began to regain some momentum after Misbah-ul-Haq hit Harbhajan Singh for three sixes in the 17th over, medium pacer Joginder Sharma had other plans.Pakistan needed 13 from 6 balls with one wicket in hand and Misbah was batting on 37 off 35 balls.One of the finest memories of my Cricketing career. At the start of the tournament, not many people believed that we could do well and by the end of it, it was a completely different story altogether. Proud to be winners of the first-ever #WT20 Championship! pic.twitter.com/VYQtkjxJPjR P Singh (@rpsingh) September 24, 2018Dhoni after a long discussion handed over the ball to Joginder Sharma but the Haryana all-rounder started off with a wide and Misbah deposited the second ball of the over for a maximum.Indian captain MS Dhoni trusted rookie Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over, who started off with a wide as nerves got better of him. The first legal delivery was a dot ball but the second went for a six straight down the ground. With just six needed from four deliveries, Pakistan were on course for a historic win but the match had a final twist in the tale.It’s been 11 years since we won the first ever t twenty World Cup. What’s your memory as a fan of that great run we had in that tournament in 2007?? #worldcup #cricketIrfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 24, 2018Joginder bowled full and a confident Misbah bent down to scoop it behind the wicket over short fine-leg but couldn’t get the desired connection and S Sreesanth took the catch as India won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 by five runs.The final against arch-rivals Pakistan was a match made in heaven. India had already beaten them in the group stages in a bowl-out, after the match had ended in a tie.#OnThisDay, 11 years ago, a young and raw @iamyusufpathan opened the batting with @GautamGambhir in the ICC World T20 final. He scored a quickfire 15 to provide #TeamIndia with the start they needed against their arch-rivals, Pakistan. And the rest as we know, is history! pic.twitter.com/qG0Ve41Xq3SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 24, 2018It was one of the biggest victories of MS Dhoni’s career which wrote a new chapter in the history of Indian cricket.Further, it also established him as one of the greatest skippers to lead India apart from earning him the title of ‘Captain Cool’.Harbhajan Singh who was part of the winning side reflected on the win and thrilling end at Salaam Cricket 2018.”Obviously one of the best moments. That feeling of winning the World Cup, I didn’t feel the same even when we won the ODI world Cup in 2011 because when we returned to India after the win, they say Mumbai doesn’t stop for anyone but that day it stood still. Everyone was on the streets. It took us 5-6 hours to reach the Wankhede Stadium from the airport,” Harbhajan said on Salaam Cricket.advertisementMisbah also spoke about his dismissal in detail during Salaam Cricket 2018. The former Pakistan captain said the dismissal was a result of a poor execution of what was one of his favourite shots.”That’s why they say a match is not over till the last ball is bowled. That’s how cricket is, that you fail to execute your favourite shot. People say there was no pace but I was so confident that time that even I would have scooped a spinner for a six,” Misbah said.”It was one of my favourite shots and I had a lot of command on the shot. So I decided to hit a four and level things but in pressure situations sometimes you are not able to execute things properly. And it’s part of the game.”last_img

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