‘It changed Indian cricket’: Irfan Pathan remembers 2007 World T20 win
Team Indian created history when they emerged victorious in the final of the 2007 World T20. Despite not being a regular T20 playing nation before the tournament, India under the leadership of MS Dhoni defeated Pakistan by 4 fours to win the inaugural T20 World Cup. The tournament holds a special place in the hearts of Indian cricket fans as the cricket-crazy nation won an ICC World Cup for the first time since 1983.
It unearthed several emerging stars like Rohit Sharma while giving a new lease of life to some forgotten heroes. World Cup final’s man of the match, Irfan remembered the win 13 years after India’s victory at Johannesburg.
“I will remember this special day till my last breath.It changed the indian cricket in terms of what followed the next year. It was a complete team effort thru out the tournament. #t20worldcup #champion,” Irfan tweeted.
The victory was the start of Dhoni’s rise to superstardom. The win over Pakistan in the final sent the country into a frenzy as they celebrated the achievement. Dhoni was soon made the captain of Team India in all formats and the rest is history as he went on to become one of the most successful captains in cricket history.
The win also started the T20 bandwagon in India which eventually gave birth to the world’s biggest T20 league, the Indian Premier League, the 13th edition of which is currently underway in the UAE.
The victory was not that of Dhoni alone. Players like Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Robin Uthappa, Joginder Singh, Rohit Sharma, Sreesanth and seniors like Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh played their part in what has become one of the most celebrated triumphs in Indian cricket history.
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- In an interview with Sports Today, the batsman recounted the incident as "funny" saying that the back injury of the bowler was not letting him bend and hence, Ashwin was taking the blows on his body.
- Shastri's role was lauded by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq, who feels the former India all-rounder's astute knowledge of the game has helped the team immensely.
- "Some of the shots he played in that innings were breathtakingly good. I remember he was building partnerships, but it became pretty clear that he had to get India to the final on his own."
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- Archer and Stokes were rested for England's two-Test series against Sri Lanka.
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- Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris is worried for Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021 after they released their list of retained and released players.
- Inzamam praised Dravid for what he's done for Indian cricket, highlighting that his biggest strength was making the players mentally tough, without which India's Test series win against Australia wouldn't have been possible.
- India's fielding coach R Sridhar opened about the tour in an elaborate chat, asserting it will be difficult to surpass what the team went through in the past one month - from hitting the nadir to reaching the zenith.
- Stokes and Archer were rested for the Sri Lanka Tests but are fully expected to be named in England's squad which will be announced later Thursday.