India was perhaps one of the last of the Test playing nations to play a T20 International and barely months after that participated in the inaugural World T20 in 2007 in South Africa. India were the perennial underdogs in the tournament with perhaps the least experience in the format.
To add to that, Team India was led by a newbie in MS Dhoni and had lots of youngsters in the team as the senior pros like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and others opted not to play in this format.
The tournament was filled with brilliant performances as Yuvraj Singh slammed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over and the team was able to overcome the likes of Australia, England and South Africa en route to the final. They faced Pakistan in the finals, after defeating them in the league stages via a bowl out.
In the final, Gautam Gambhir’s 54-ball 75 and Rohit Sharma’s 16-ball 30 helped India post a challenging 157/5. In reply, Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals but Younis Khan and Imran Nazir ensured that they were always alive in the contest. Dhoni handed the ball to medium pacer Joginder Sharma and that proved to be a masterstroke as he dismissed Misbah Ul Haq to clinch the game and the title for the Indian cricket team.
Many of the members of the champion side tweeted their memories of the win on the occasion of the anniversary the World T20 victory.
Here are some of those:
While I am proud of the yesterday of 2007 (on left) but the fact is it was 11 years ago. I’d like to create more space for guys who are doing a fantastic job today (on right), the class of 2018 @BCCI pic.twitter.com/vCkTfkqOBE— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 24, 2018
One of the finest memories of my Cricketing career. At the start of the tournament, not many people believed that we could do well and by the end of it, it was a completely different story altogether. Proud to be winners of the first-ever #WT20 Championship! ???????? pic.twitter.com/VYQtkjxJPj— R P Singh (@rpsingh) September 24, 2018