Author: Shrey Gupta
“In the air… And Sreesanth takes it! India wins!”
Although these words have been put into a slipstream since the end of the 2011 World Cup, still for Indian fans these words by Ravi Shastri are immortal and etched in our minds and hearts forever.
On 24th September 2007, the beginning of a new era of Indian Cricket was marked.
Before the T-20 World Cup, 2007 had been a year to forget for the Indian fans. The 50 over World Cup first-round exit was big mayhem for Indian Cricket and things were appearing to go downhill for them.
The unavailability of star players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Saurav Ganguly was a big blow for India and a young and inexperienced side led by an inexperienced captain, MS Dhoni was sent to South Africa to compete at World stage.
With little expectations from their fans, this Indian side started its campaign by beating Pakistan in a nerve-wracking tiebreaker. In the following game, India had to face defeat against the formidable New Zealand side.
With a tie and a defeat under their belt, the vulnerable Indian side got exposed and the vibe of winning the World Cup became even more distant. The next game against England was a do-or-die match for India.
The way India, especially Yuvraj Singh played against the Englishmen was a new horizon for Indian Cricket. Those scintillating six sixes in an over was a big shout of Indian Cricket at the World Stage.
From that match, India never looked back and defeated mighty teams like South Africa and Australia on the trot. Each individual chipped in at crucial stages, but there was something very different and fascinating about how Yuvraj Singh dominated that World Cup.
The final was a perfect finish to what had been a thrilling World Cup. The way the two teams threw themselves without giving up deserved a superlative of adulation for them.
The victory swayed from one end to the other at various junctures of the match and finally, the team which had made the lesser mistakes got its hand on the trophy.
This victory had a great significance to the Indian team and deserved a fair amount of appreciation. The victory of the 2011 World Cup, India’s dominance of World stage across all formats and MS Dhoni’s incredible leadership all are the consequences of this victorious campaign.
Cover image courtesy: DNA