The main draw of the World T20 in India is set to begin on Tuesday, with the hosts taking on New Zealand in Nagpur.
Here’s a look at the top five iconic moments for Team India in the history of the ICC World T20.
The first World T20 Champions (2007)
India and Pakistan met in the final of the ICC World T20 in 2007 and together they produced one of the best matches in T20 history. Batting first, India reached 157 thanks to a commendable innings from opener Gautam Gambhir.
However, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq combined well with the lower order to bring his team in touching distance of a World Cup triumph. With Pakistan needing 13 off 6 balls, and a relatively unknown Joginder Sharma into the attack, it seemed all but lost for India. Misbah’s infamous scoop resulted in his wicket, and it gave India the victory by five runs, making them World Cup winners for the first time since 1983.
The perfect over from Yuvraj Singh (2007)
It was a day to remember for Yuvraj Singh as he created a new record by smashing six huge sixes off Stuart Broad in an over when India faced England in the quarterfinals. Starting with a six over mid-wicket till the final six over mid-wicket again, Yuvraj engraved his name in the history books forever . In doing so he completed his half-century, which is the fastest 50 in T20 internationals, off just 12 balls.
Raina’s record century against South Africa (2010)
The explosive middle order batsman is well known for his brilliant stroke play and in 2011, he became the first batsman to score a century in all three formats of the game when he smashed a brilliant 101 off 60 balls. The innings proved to be extremely crucial as India defeated the Proteas by 14 runs.
Virat Kohli’s run-Fest in Bangladesh (2014)
India failed to win the competition after losing to Sri Lanka in the final, but it was a campaign to remember for Virat Kohli who scored 319 runs in six innings with an astonishing average of 106.33 and was awarded the man of the tournament award. Kohli’s best innings came in the semi-final against South Africa when he scored 72 off just 44 balls to ensure his team’s victory.
Bowl-out between India and Pakistan (2007)
The inaugural World T20 tournament took inspiration from football when it came to settling tied matches and the world witnessed the first ever bowl out in the history of cricket with arch rivals India and Pakistan participating in it after the scores were tied.
With both the teams relatively unknown to the process, it created a sense of suspense around itself. India clinched the victory after they managed to get all three hits thanks to Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa and Harbhajan Singh, while Pakistan’s all-out regular bowling line up ended up missing all the three attempts.