A look at memorable matches that defined the era…

India vs Pakistan, Johannesburg, Sep 24, 2007

India’s victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the inaugural World T20 is largely responsible for the format’s current popularity. The game concluded with a nail-biting final over as India managed to successfully defend a total of 157.
Brief scores: India 157/5 (G Gambhir 75; U Gul 3/28). Pakistan 152 (Misbah-ul-Haq 43; I Pathan 3/16). India won by 5 runs.

India vs Sri Lanka, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, April 2, 2011

Gambhir and Dhoni spearheaded India’s chase as the hosts won their second ODI World Cup at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The icing on the cake was Dhoni finishing it in style with a six over the long-on boundary.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 274/6 (M Jayawardene 103*). India 277/4 (G Gambhir 97, MS Dhoni 91*). India won by 6 wickets.

India vs West Indies, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, November 14-16, 2013

A journey that began in November 1989 came to an emotional, teary-eyed end exactly 24 years later. Through it all, Tendulkar carried the hopes of a billion Indians with utmost grace and humility. His farewell Test ended in less than three days as India romped to victory, but what was more important for the capacity crowd in attendance was the sight of Tendulkar batting for India one last time. They got what they wanted as the Mumbaikar scored 74 in front of his adoring home crowd.
Brief scores: West Indies 182 (K Powell 48; P Ojha 5/40) and 187 (D Ramdin 53 not out; P Ojha 5/49). India 495 (C Pujara 113, R Sharma 111*, S Tendulkar 74). India won by an innings and 126 runs

Pant was unstoppable during his match-winning knock at the Gabba in Brisbane. Getty Images

India vs Sri Lanka, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, November 13, 2014

Rohit Sharma took his time to realise his potential in international cricket, but by 2014, he had turned into a colossal limited-overs batter. His first ODI double ton came against Australia in 2013, but proper evidence of his expertise in 50-over cricket came with his 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It’s the highest score in ODI history, and it’s unlikely that it will be surpassed anytime soon.
Brief scores: India 404/5 (R Sharma 264; A Mathews 2/44). Sri Lanka 251 (A Mathews 75; D Kulkarni 4/34). India won by 153 runs.

India vs Australia, The Gabba, Brisbane, January 15-19, 2021

Most of India’s first choice players were either wounded or unavailable, but they somehow managed to breach ‘Fortress Gabba’ and clinch their second consecutive Test series win on Australian soil. Youngsters Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant led the way in their fourth-innings chase of 328.
Brief scores: Australia 369 (M Labuschagne 108; T Natarajan 3/78) and 294 (S Smith 55; M Siraj 5/73). India 336 (S Thakur 67, W Sundar 62; J Hazlewood 5/57) and 329/7 (S Gill 91, R Pant 89*; P Cummins 4/55). India won by 3 wickets.