After a historical win at Gabba, Brisbane by the Indian Cricket team, in this week’s Trivia Thursday let’s have a look at some of the most iconic wins by Team India in the past.
Crux of the Matter
In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at the iconic wins of the Indian cricket team.
The Great Underdogs
- The 1983 Cricket World Cup hosted by England was the 3rd edition of the World Cup, with the previous two being conquered by West Indies.
- India defended a low total of 183 by sending all the batsmen to their dressing room within 52 overs (the ODI format consisted of 60 overs per innings then) at 140 runs.
- It still remains the lowest ever total successfully defended in a World Cup final.
- The match is considered one of the most stunning upsets in cricket history, which broke West Indies’ streak.
- Amarnath was the most economical bowler, conceding just 12 runs from his 7 overs while taking 3 wickets. He was also awarded the Man of the Match award for his all-round performance.
The Great Wall Of India
- Marked as one of the greatest victories against the Australian team, it was the 2nd test match from India’s 2003–04 tour of Australia.
- Dravid went on to score 233 and 72 not out in the first and second innings respectively to help India clinch a historic win over Australia.
- It not only marked Australia’s first home test match loss in 5 years but was also India’s first win on Australian soil in 23 years.
- Steve Waugh (then Australian Captain), in a brave act of sportsmanship, gave Dravid the ball – which Dravid had just hit for the winning four – saying “Well Played.”
The Perfect Revenge
- It was the final match of England’s tour of India in 2001, in which India lost the last match and the series was tied.
- The lost match was not an issue but the celebration of Flintoff at Wankhede, home of Indian Cricket, was not liked by Dada, Sourav Ganguly.
- A year later, Natwest Series between England, India and Sri Lanka began. The final was played between India and England at Lord’s. After losing 5 early wickets, it seemed impossible to chase a total of 325, but the partnership of Yuvraj and Kaif brought India back into the game.
- After clinching the victory in the last over, Ganguly took the perfect revenge by his iconic celebration at the Home of the Cricket, Lord’s.
Beginning Of The Dhoni Era
- Without many senior players in the team, a brand new Captain (Dhoni), and a new format in the sport, no one was expecting much out of India in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
- But the tournament turned out to be one of the most celebrated tournaments in the history of Indian cricket. India won the finals played against its favourite rivals, Pakistan. India also found its “Captain Cool”.
Dhoni Finishes Off In Style!
- Hosted at the home of Indian Cricket, Wankhede, the 2011 World Cup final was played between India and Sri Lanka.
- After losing initial wickets to a strong bowling attack from Sri Lanka, the target of 275 seemed beyond India’s reach.
- But Gambhir and Dhoni took the match onto their shoulders and their knock of 97 and 91 not out respectively brought the ODI world cup back to India after 28 long years.
- And we sure can’t forget the epic commentary by Ravi Shastri and his words describing the win “Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lifts the world cup after 28 years and the party begins in the dressing room”.
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