On This Day: MS Dhoni and Company create history by winning the inaugural T20 world cup

On this Day, 14 years ago, MS Dhoni and inexperienced Team India wrote their names in the starting pages of history.

Team India defeated the arch rival and neighbour, Pakistan by 5 runs to lift the inaugural and their maiden T20 World Cup.

Team India was filled with rookies. It neither had Sachin Tendulkar nor Sourav Ganguly.

They had a Captain who was inexperienced but charismatic and Confident.

If we could probably go back in time and judge the Indian squad, we won’t believe that it is the same team that defeated those big guns of cricket.

All Team India had was dedication and the passion of young guns to change the scenario and enter in history forever.

The Final

Team India defeated Australia in the semi final by 15 runs to enter the final of the inaugural T20 World Cup

Team India won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision seemed to be bad as they lost the wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa early in the match.

It was Gautam Gambhir, who came to save the day. Gambhir smashed 75 runs of just 55 balls.

The remaining was done by Rohit Sharma. Rohit made an unbeaten 30 of just 16 balls and help India finish to a respectful total of 157.

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Pakistan came into chase the target of 158

Considering the Pakistani batting, the total didn’t seem hard but Indian Seamers took wickets on regular intervals and sent Pak on the backfoot.

Misbah-ul-Haq, the sole fighter from Pakistan camp fought till the very last. He made sure the match went to the final over.

Misbah even put his team back in the winning position. Pakistan only needed 13 of the last over but they only had one Wicket left to lose.

The Last Over

The Last Over of the match is what created history for both Team INDIA and MS Dhoni.

Before the tournament, everyone was doubting both MS Dhoni and the rookie team.

MS Dhoni was yet inexperienced and new to the world.

What differentiate Dhoni from others was his decision making skills. Which he showcased in the last over too.

When everyone was believing that Harbhajan Singh should bowl the last over, Dhoni gave the ball to young and inexperienced Joginder Sharma.

Misbah hit Joginder for a six on the second ball of his over, now the atmosphere was cold for the men in blue.

Dhoni’s decision seemed to have backfired and now pakistan was just moments away from having the taste of win.

The next ball, we all till date remember, Ravi Shastri saying “in the air and Sreesanth takes it, India win”.

Dhoni and Joginder Sharma pulled off the impossible and beat their arch rival to create history.

India defeated Pakistan by 5 runs and won the first ever limited over World Cup after 1987.

This day will forever remain historic and in the golden pages of Cricket History.

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