The first edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted by South Africa in 2007 and the inaugural tournament was won by India. According to sources, India first hesitated before allowing young MS Dhoni to head the team in the current form of the game. They could never have predicted that this choice would have such a positive impact on the Indian cricket team’s future.
Let’s have a look at the top five performances by team India over the years in the T20 world Cup
Over the years, India has put on incredible performances and done wonders for the squad.
India defeated England by 18 runs at Kingsmead in Durban in 2007.
Yuvraj Singh, a former Indian all-rounder, made history in the shortest format of the game when he smashed six straight sixes in an over bowled by England fast bowler Stuart Broad in the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup on this day in 2007. Yuvraj smashed six consecutive sixes against Broad in the 19th over of the Indian innings during the group game versus England at Kingsmead in Durban. The flashy all-rounder smashed a 14-ball 58 to help India record 218 runs in their allotted 20 overs. In the end, his effort was the difference between the two teams. India won by 18 runs reducing England to 200/6.
India defeated Pakistan by 5 runs in the 2007 final at Kingsmead in Durban.
In 2007, South Africa hosted the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup. The match took place from September 11 to September 24. There were 12 teams in total, and 27 matches were played. The contest was competitive, but in the end, the Indian team overcame Pakistan to win the trophy.
Team India, captained by MS Dhoni, batted first and set a respectable aim of 141 in their allotted twenty overs. The batsmen were Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni. Moh. Asif wreaked havoc on India’s batting line-up all the way to the end, taking four wickets.
Pakistan’s chase, on the other hand, never got off to a strong start. The team lost 5 wickets for just 87 runs. As a result, Team India won the match and performed admirably.
India defeated Australia by 6 wickets at Mohali in 2016.
Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 82 off 51 balls enabled India to advance to the World T20 semi-finals.
Is there a better chaser than Virat Kohli in international cricket? Perhaps MS Dhoni? It was fortunate for India that the two of them were together in the late phases of their semi-final match against Australia in Mohali. Dhoni’s team advanced to the World T20 semi-finals, where they were defeated by West Indies, putting an end to Australia’s World T20 campaign.
While Kohli was supported by Yuvraj Singh at the crease, the chase appeared to be stalling. Yuvraj had rolled his left ankle earlier in the innings and was limping through the innings, relying on his ability to smash boundaries. However, there was little doubt that he was a stumbling block in India’s innings, and Watson’s spectacular racing and diving catch at cover to dismiss Yuvraj for 21 off 18 undoubtedly helped India.
India defeated Bangladesh by one run in Bengaluru in 2016.
In the ICC World Twenty20 2016, India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Bangladesh. The battle happened at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Bangladesh were left needing two runs for victory with three balls remaining and Rahim on strike in a low-scoring thriller.
With 11 runs needed off the last over. Bangladesh batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad were both dismissed in consecutive deliveries. And effectively handing India a one-run victory. To assist India to reach the finish line, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya kept their cool. And bowled clean overs at the end.
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