India, a nation of cricket fanatics, where cricket is not less than a festival and joy. This game goes beyond national and religious boundary. India started playing as a test nation in 1932, since then, there has been several landmarks which turned us into a Cricket Crazy nation.
India is the only cricket playing nation which has achieved almost everything possible in Cricket, whether it is number one ranking in test cricket, number one ranking in One- Day matches, Winning 50 and 60 overs World Cup, Winning ICC Champions trophy, Winning T20 world Cup. The most test runs and One-day runs belongs to Sachin Tendulkar, Highest ODI Score belongs to Sehwag, 10 Wicket haul for Anil Kumble, 6 Sixes from Yuvraj and many more. Just think about a record and Indian Cricketers are there in the top ranking.
Achievements of Indian Cricket team are priceless and is gained with phenomenal performances. In these years, we experienced many records made and broken and great players retired from this wonderful game, but not before thoroughly entertaining us.
It was very difficult to limit this memorable moments and pick just 10. Here is a compilation of 10 most cherished and proud moments of India Cricket.
1. India Winning World Cup 2011
Winning a World Cup is always the First dream of any Cricket Playing nation and Cricketers. Winning World Cup 2011 after 28 years has been a great achievement for all Indians. The winning six by Dhoni of Nuwan Kulasekara (Sri Lanka) is still fresh in our memories and gets our adrenaline high. With this win, India had also set a record for the highest successful run-chase in a World Cup final.
World Cup 2011 will be more remembered for Sachin Tendulkar, as this was his last world cup and the entire team wanted to give him a nice farewell from World Cup. Yuvraj Singh too was instrumental with his Man of the Series performance in this World Cup Win. He played the entire Series with a Lung Cancer, and showed the entire nation that he is a true fighter and made us proud.
2. India Winning World Cup 1983
The first ever significant landmark of Indian Cricket, when nations around the world started realizing India as potent team to beat. This is the moment which gave Indian Cricket a self-belief of beating any test playing nation and winning a series.
When India entered in the Final, the two time World Cup Champions West Indies were undoubtedly the favourites for winning the title and India were the so-called Underdogs. But the entire world was stunned when India turned the table and beat West Indies comprehensively at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s, England. The smiling face of Kapil Dev with the World cup in hand at the balcony of Lords is indeed an unforgettable moment for all Indian fans.
3. Winning of ICC Champions Trophy 2013
Another achievement of Charismatic leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This was the only Cup which India had not won when they entered in 2013 ICC Champions trophy under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, the so-called Captain with Midas-touch.
India played like Champions throughout the series, winning all matches against South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Semi-Final & England In Final. Ravindra Jadeja won the golden ball for the bowler with most wickets in the tournament, while Shikhar Dhawan won the golden bat for most runs.
4. India Wins T20 World Cup 2007
The first ever T20 World Cup and India won it in style under the flamboyant captain MS Dhoni. This win was more pleasing as it came against the arch rivals Pakistan in the Final. This was the time when India was playing without all the experienced players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid & Sourav Ganguly.The team went in with fresh bloods, after being knocked out in the group stage of the 2007 ICC World Cup few months back.
India won against Pakistan and Scotland in group stage, England and South Africa in Qualifying stage, Australia in Semi-Final and Pakistan in Final. The winning moment when Misbah-ul-haq hit Joginder Sharma and was caught by S. Sreesanth at short fine-leg gave countless smiles to Indian Fans and will long-live in our memories.
5. Sachin Tendulkar reaching 100 Hundreds in International Cricket
With more than 2 decades of monumental International Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar deserved to be titled as “God of Cricket”. He holds numerous records in One day internationals and Test Cricket, but most significant is his 100 centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs). He is the only Cricketer to reach this magical figure, which got the Master blaster far ahead of any other Cricketer.
Sachin Tendulkar got the 100th Hundred against Bangladesh in Dhaka in March 2012 by scoring 114. After Sachin tendulkar 100 Hundreds, Ricky Ponting of Australia has 71 Hundreds and the closest Cricketer who is currently playing is Mahela Jayawardene with just 44 hundreds. This shows the genius and achievement of Sachin Tendulkar, which seems far beyond reach of anyone.
With so many records and sheer humbleness On and Off the ground, Sachin is undoubtedly the greatest batsman of his generation and Role Model for youngsters.
6. Winning Natwest Series against England in 2002
Winning a series abroad was one of the rare moments for Indian Cricket Lovers in early 2000 year. The Natwest Series is memorable as it came against England at their home ground and Mecca of Cricket Lords.
This was a triangular series, Sri Lanka was the other team apart from India and England. In the Final, England batted first and gave a mammoth target of 326 to chase. With all chips down on 146 for 5, and players like Sachin, Sehwag, Ganguly and Dravid were back in the hut. Indian fans has lost their hopes and most of the Indian TV sets were turned off. This is the day, when India discovered two young Fighting Cricketers, Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh, the later did wonders for Indian Cricket. Yuvraj made scintillating 63 ball 69 and crafted a crucial partnership of 121 with Mohd Kaif. Mohd Kaif steered India home with one of the most dramatic finish.
But the match is more remembered for Sourav Ganguly’s celebration waving his shirt at the Lords balcony after India’s Win. It was the image of a Indian captain expressing his happiness after winning a series on English soil.
7. India beating Australia after Follow-on in 2001
Of the most remembered Test Match not only for Indians but for all Cricket playing Nations. It was an incredible win by India team beating World Champions Australian side.
Australia batted first and piled up a mammoth 445. India’s first innings was disaster as the entire team was folded for 171 and were asked to follow-on. In the second innings, VVS Laxman was promoted to number 3 at the place of Rahul Dravid as he was the only batsman who looked good in first innings and had the highest score of 59. India were losing wickets at regular intervals at the other end, while Laxman was in Peak of his batting. With India 232 for 4 and were still behind by 42 runs, Rahul Dravid joined Laxman at the crease and they put on a marathon partnership of 376. Laxman was the man of the moment with 281 runs and well supported by Rahul Dravid with 180. Saurav Ganguly declared on 657 for 7 and gave Australia a target of 384. Harbhajan Singh on the final day was unplayable and bundled Australia on 212 with a Hat-trick and a 13 wicket haul in the match.
This was only the third time since 1877, when a team following-on has gone onto win the match. Truly a remarkable win
8. Yuvraj Singh Hits 6 Sixes in T20 World Cup 2007
The first T20 world cup and India were playing England in the qualifiers at Durban on 19 September 2007. India were batting first and score was 155 for 3 in 16.4 overs and in-walked the man in his Prime form, Yuvraj Singh.
Andrew Flintoff not aware of the outcome provoked Yuvraj with his comments. Stuart Broad was the sufferer of Flintoff’s comments. Yuvraj hit all 6 deliveries of Broad out of the fence comfortably. All Indian fans were in jubilation, while Flintoff and his team were shocked in despair.
Yuvraj made the fastest 50 in 12 balls and India won the match by 18 Runs.
9. Anil Kumble taking 10 Wickets Against Pakistan
India were playing against Arch rivals Pakistan in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in February 1999. Pakistan were chasing 420 on the fourth day of second tes. With 100 for no loss, Pakistan were looking good to reach the target. Kumble had already taken 4 wickets in the first innings, bowled some unplayable balls which Pakistan Batsman didn’t had an answer. Took all the 10 Pakistani wickets and become only the second player to achieve this elite record after Jim Laker of England.
India won the match by 212 runs and level the series one all. Anil Kumble was unanimously declared Man of the Match with 14 wicket haul in the match.
Anil Kumble arguably one of the best Bowler of Indian Cricket, a true gentleman and Indian legend and this performance will always be treasured.
10. Virendra Sehwag 219 against West Indies in ODI
When it’s Virendra Sehwag at the crease, the crowd can be rest assured of entertaining cricket. With his fearless and orthodox cricketing shots, he stand outs as one of the most destructive Test, One days and T20 player.
India were playing against West Indies in Indore on 8 December 2011. India won the toss and elected to bat first scored 418 for 5 in 50 overs. Sehwag scored rapid 219 in 149 balls with 25 fours and 7 huge sixes. India won the match by 153 runs much to the cheer of Indore and India’s cricket fanatics.
Virendra Sehwag became the second player to score a double hundred in One day international after Master, Sachin Tendulkar. Virendra Sehwag still hold the record of highest individual score in one day internationals, a proud accomplishment for Indian Cricket.
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