10 years ago: India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in epic final to claim inaugural World T20 title

first_imgThis will always be remembered as one of the golden days in the history of Indian cricket as MS Dhoni’s young brigade won the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa.India won the inaugural World T20 on Sepetember 24, 2007 as the MS Dhoni-led side beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in the Johannesburg final.After an embarrassing group stage exit in 2007 World Cup in West Indies — a tournament in which the team went in as favourites — it was decided that India would send a rather young side for the T20 World Cup.ICC Twitter Photo The inaugural World T20 changed the landscape of Twenty20 cricket with India going from outsiders — they barely had a domestic T20 setup owing to the BCCI’s apathy towards the format — to lifting the title at a packed The Wanderers after beating arch-rivals Pakistan in an epic final.India 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 was excellent with figures of 3/16 in his quota as India took the driver’s seat. Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and never seemed to be on top of the chase.Already 10yrs when we ???? won T20 world cup in South Africa 2007..feel like it happen yesterday.What a day it was for all of us @BCCI ?????? pic.twitter.com/jmBSyw64GYadvertisement- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 24, 2017Although Pakistan began to regain some momentum after Misbah hit Harbhajan Singh for three sixes in the 17th over but Joginder Sharma again turned the tide in India’s favour.Pakistan needed just 13 from their last over with one wicket in hand.Dhoni 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.It looked like Pakistan would pull off a memorable win when Misbah cheekily looked to scoop Joginder over short fine-leg with just 6 runs required off 4 balls.He failed to connect properly and Sreesanth took the catch as India went onto win the World Cup.ICC Twitter Photo No one took T20 seriously back then, especially the BCCI who laughed at idea of a 20-over cricket match. The fans too didn’t expect much from the team.But India started off well and kept on gaining momentum throughout the tournament, losing only once against New Zealand.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.It 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’.last_img read more