New Delhi(thestates.news)| : Today is a very memorable day for Indian cricket. 15 years ago on this day, 24 September 2007, a new chapter in Indian cricket history was written when a young and relatively inexperienced Team India led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the hearts of a billion Indian fans in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. They won the title after defeating Pakistan by 5 runs in the final of the inaugural edition. The 2007 World Cup victory was India’s first major limited-overs trophy since the 1983 ICC Men’s World Cup. This match, which was played in Johannesburg, South Africa, was the biggest and most exciting match of the ICC tournament so far.
After 15 years, the sweet memories of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup are fresh in the minds of not only the fans but also the players. Winning the title with some tough victories against some of the best teams in world cricket at the time was no trivial feat, recalling those memorable moments when Robin Uthappa, a member of the 2007 World Cup-winning Indian team, said, I can’t believe it. It has been 15 years since we won the T20 World Cup. To me, it seems like it was just a few years ago. The memories related to our first T20 World Cup win are still fresh in my mind. I still remember celebrating the team after winning the title against Pakistan! I would like to wish the Men in Blue all the best as they try to repeat history and now bring us back to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with ‘Mission Melbourne’. Winning the World Cup is a special experience and I want Rohit and the boys to play their hearts out to repeat the feat they achieved 15 years ago!”
Recalling the 2007 title win, Irfan Pathan said, When I think of the final and how we won it in the last over, then I go to my head. We did our best in that World Cup and ended up Being rewarded with the trophy in the U.S. was one of the most special feelings of my life. I can still see the picture of the crowd celebrating for the team and India as Sreesanth caught Misbah in that final over. I hope so That the Indian team is all set for ‘Mission Melbourne’ and aiming to bring the trophy to India once again. I wish them all the very best! The title match between India and Pakistan was played in Johannesburg on 24 September. Batting first, India scored 157 for 5 in 20 overs. Gautam Gambhir scored 75 and Rohit Sharma scored 30 runs. Umar Gul took three wickets for Pakistan. Mohammad Asif and Sohail Tanveer took a wicket each.
In reply, Pakistan’s team was reduced to 152 runs. Pakistan needed 6 runs in the last 4 balls, the last over being bowled by Joginder Sharma who had earlier hit a six. Misbah, who was playing good shots ahead, did not know that he played shots behind. The ball did not get the distance and Sreesanth took a good catch and ended Pakistan’s innings.(HS)