What Lessons Should India Learn from Glorious Victory in Inaugural Twenty20 Cricket 7 Years Ago?

September 24 15:15 2014

World Cup 2007New Delhi, Wednesday, September 24 – It seems as if it was yesterday when India lifted the world cup trophy but the fact is that it happened 7 years ago at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, and Indian cricket fans want Mahendra Singh Dhoni to repeat the history in the 2015 World Cup. The contest that took place on September 24, 2007, Dhoni’s young squad clinched the inaugural Twenty20 Cricket World Cup by defeating biggest rival Pakistan by five runs. India performed at their best not only in the finals, but also in all the matches they played during the contest.

Being a team of Group E, where it reached post thrashing Pakistan in the bowl out to qualify for the Super 8s, India thumped England by 18 runs and South Africa by 37 runs. Despite the fact that they lost as the hands of New Zealand by 10 runs, it did not make any difference for the reason that they were through to the other round with higher net run rates as compared to Kiwis and Proteas.

In the knock out stage, India logged 15-run victory on Australia – the team which stood head in most of the matches, at Kingsmead, Durban, and entered into the grand finale. On the other hand, Pakistan won by 6 wickets against New Zealand at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. Nothing could be best for India and Pak supporters to find their teams in the last match, to contest for winner title. And whatever happened in the final show is a history. As cricket carnival is to start early next year, the question arises here is whether Indian cricketers would be able to add another splendid chapter to India’s amazing victories or not. As far as current performance of team India is to kept in mind then they could standout amid others but at the same time, their poor show in overseas pitch could be major concern.

Despite having a long list of talented young and experienced cricketers, India lack good bowling, which creates huge difference during various tournaments. Since Australia and New Zealand are to host next World Cup, India’s previous record in both the countries – pitch and the weather conditions – will play imperative role. Undoubtedly, it is gonna be difficult for other participating squads to beat India in One-Day international matches, nonetheless challenges for Dhoni’s ‘playing XI’ is not going to be less in any case. the pressure of expectations will rise given that India won 2011 World Cup as well. Lessons are needed to be learnt from past. If top, middle and batting order of India stay strong and bowlers maintain their line and length then being ahead of opponents wouldn’t be difficult as it might seem in the first look. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and many other youngsters must not miss this chance to perform as a team and go for biggies as this would be crucial during all the scheduled matches.