Year 2007. Month of March. Cricket fans of India were immersed in anger and some were in utter despair. The team which had names like Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, that team lost two out of three matches and before the World Cup. Round out. The matches that they lost were from teams like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. After this there was a lot of anger in the country. People cursed the cricketers a lot, abused, arson, sloganeering, stone pelting on houses was seen. It was one of the worst days of Indian cricket. Now let's move the time forward by six months. September 2007. Cricket fans in India were immersed in joy and celebration. Dancing and singing in the streets. Newspaper sports pages were disappearing as soon as they arrived. When they met, they used to meet mutilated. Money was being showered on the players. Love was pouring out on those who had been abused six months ago. All this happened after an incident on 24 September 2007. This incident was India's win in the 2007 T20 World Cup. That too by defeating Pakistan. T20 World Cup was held for the first time. And in the very first time itself, India became the world champion.
Indian players led by a new captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni created history. India made it to the final after beating Pakistan, South Africa, England and Australia in the tournament. India legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan did not play in this tournament. There were reports of factionalism and resentment in the team on making Dhoni the captain. But it didn't make any difference. One by one the teams kneeled in front of the team full of youthful enthusiasm. On the field, India showed such a game as if playing T20 cricket for years. The truth was that before the 2007 T20 World Cup, India had played only one T20 match. That too in December 2006. Then the first match in the 2007 World Cup was washed away by rain. It was a do or die group match with Pakistan. Which was won in a ball out.
what happened in the final
When the tournament reached its final match on 24 September, only India-Pakistan teams were left. The cards of England, Australia and New Zealand, who started T20 cricket, were cut. Two strong and arch rival teams of Asia were face to face. The tournament was a hit even before the final result. After reaching the final of India-Pakistan, the ICC lottery was held. He earned a lot. Well. In the final, the toss fell in favor of Dhoni and India batted first. Veteran opener Virender Sehwag did not play due to injury. Yusuf Pathan made his debut and in the very first over, he got out after hitting fours and sixes. This over showed that India was in a completely aggressive mood in the match.
Gambhir-Rohit took over India
But in the final India's masters did not play. Opener Gautam Gambhir took one end and scored 75 runs in 54 balls with eight fours and two sixes. He handled India's innings and carried it forward. Young batsman Rohit Sharma supported him. This player scored an unbeaten 30 runs in 16 balls with two fours and a six. Robin Uthappa (8), Yuvraj Singh (14) and captain Dhoni (6) were dealt cheaply. India made a challenging score of 157 runs for five wickets. Umar Gul did wonders for Pakistan and took three wickets for 28 runs.
Pakistan's top order failed
Chasing the target, Pakistan's batsmen could not stand before the Indian bowling. Mohammad Hafeez (1) went in the very first over, then Kamran Akmal settled in the third over. It is necessary to mention Sreesanth here. He was the hero of the victory over Australia in the semi-finals. But in the final he lost 21 runs in his very first over. But the fourth over maiden was put. It was the only maiden over of the final. Interestingly, when Sreesanth fulfilled his quota, his figures were- 4-1-44-1. Even after throwing the maiden, a lot of runs went to his balls. Pakistan's six wickets fell for 77 runs in the 12th over. Strong batsmen like Imran Nazir (33), Younis Khan (24), Shoaib Malik (8), Shahid Afridi (0) were out. But a new player named Misbah-ul-Haq was there. He also played well against India in the group stage of this tournament and took the match to a tie.
Misbah inflated India's breath
Misbah troubled India this time too. Pakistan needed 59 runs in the last five overs and had four wickets in hand. Then the figure of 53 runs in 24 balls was reached and three wickets remained. But Misbah turned the match around in the 17th over. Hit three sixes off Harbhajan Singh's balls. In the 18th over, Sohail Tanvir hit two sixes before being dismissed. Now 20 runs were needed in the last two overs and two wickets were left. RP Singh did the 19th over. He gave only three runs in the first five balls and took a wicket but got hit for a four on the last ball. Pakistan needed 13 runs in the last over. Harbhajan Singh was not able to throw the right ball, so he refused. Now only Joginder Sharma was left with Dhoni. He gave the ball to Joginder and said that whatever happens will be seen.
last over story
First ball - wide. Then when the ball fell right, no run was scored.
Second ball - six!!! The ball went over the bowler's head for six runs. Now only seven runs were needed in four balls and Misbah was on strike.
Third Ball - Out!!!! Misbah tried to hit the ball over short fine leg but the ball went high and Sreesanth caught it easily. India won the first T20 World Cup by five runs. Misbah was dismissed for 43. Drowned in despair, he sat down on his knees at the crease.