There are innumerable numbers of things to speak about Indian Cricket. Throughout the years Indian cricket has gone through many ups and downs. At times, the team was at its peak making each of its Cricket fan proud while there were indeed some major setbacks. Cricket in India is perhaps too much attached to the sentiments of most of the Indians. It is a country where a single straight drive from Sachin brought smiles on a million faces, where a six from Sourav led a million to cheer in joy. At the sametime, India is a country where one bad innings from Yuvraj makes him a national villain. But leaving controversies apart, in this article we are to discuss 5 things for which we, Indian Cricket fans can be proud of:
- ICC World Cup Win in 2011: 2nd April, 2011 will forever remain one of the brightest days for every Cricket fan in India. India, under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, won the all important World Cup final and were crowned as World Champions after a span of 28 tedious years. After Dhoni struck the helicopter shot to seal India’s victory, the country went into a festive mood in no time and every part of the country rejoiced India’s victory. Even it did brought tears of happiness to many including the team members, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. It was something sort of Dream come true for the nation and those moments will remain evergreen.
- ICC World T20 Win in 2007:After India’s devastating performance in the ICC World Cup in 2007, the entire country was disappointed. Surely, they did expect much more from the team and India were eliminated in the group stage. Something needed to be done to revive the madly and intoxicating Cricketing spirit in the country. It was the first ever T20 World Cup and India sent a relatively inexperienced squad and for the first time, MS Dhoni was assigned the job of captaining the side in the World T20. There were not much expectations from the Indian squad which ultimately helped their cause. They played fearless cricket and progressed through to the final with sheer dominance. And on 24th September, 2007, the country bled blue! India won the final and that too by defeating arch rivals Pakistan in a nail biting encounter. This memories still brings smile on our faces and make us proud.
- Natwest Win in 2002: India, at that time under the leadership of Sourav Dada Ganguly looked pumped up and bubbling with energy. They played as One Unit and every single player lifted up with stunning performances for the team’s cause. They were inexperienced but they were sheer strong as a team and did possess the potential and confidence to defeat any opponent. In the year, 2001 India lost the home series against England by 2-3 and Andrew Flintoff pulled off his shirt and twisted it in air to rejoice their domination. 2002 marked its revenge. India chased down a mammoth total of 326 runs in the final by the courtesy of Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif. And the Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly went ecstatic. He did the same thing in Lords’ balcony which Flintoff did a year back in India and this was a tit for tat reply. It will ever remain as one of the proudest incidents in cricket.
- India’s Test Series Win Against Australia in 2001: Well, the 3-match test series against Australia perhaps is the most remarkable and equally memorable test series India have ever played. On one side, there was Australia who came into the series bubbling with confidence and they were in a streak as they won 14 tests on a trot prior to the test series. And on the other side, India was comparatively weaker and unbalanced side with their new captain, Sourav Ganguly. After losing the first test, India came back in somewhat like a fairy tale alike manner. They won the second test at Eden Gardens after being enforced follow-on. This notable occurrence was indeed unique and India carried on their momentum by winning the final test at Chennai by 2 wickets to seal an unbelievable 2-1 victory over the Aussies. Also, Harbhajan’s hat-trick was no less brilliant.
- 1983 Prudential World Cup Victory: This marked as India’s first big achievement in the sphere of cricket. A relatively inexperienced side led by one of the most brilliant all-rounders, Kapil Dev went on to perform magically. In the final, they empowered over the unbeatable West Indian line up and went on the win the final by a margin of 43 runs. India thus stopped the Caribbean domination in the international cricket by intervening them from winning the third World Cup on a trot.