50,000 voices echoed and billions tuned in their television sets to break the silence that was left un-cherished for the past 28 years. In a fanatically cricket mad nation, people did not just expect the Captain of Indian Cricket Team to win rather they demand it as their birth right. Nuwan Kulasekara bowls and the ball is sent into the orbit. India wins ICC World Cup 2011.
As Ravi Shashtri shouted on the mike when Dhoni hit that final blow, Yuvraj Singh kissed the ground; the entire team was out in the field, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar with tear in his eyes was lifted on the shoulders and our Captain Dhoni stood stunned, yes we made a history and we became the World Champions.
Winning a World Cup is the biggest celebration a country can expect from their team and our Champion knew it very well. They changed the course of history and impacted the consciousness of billions of Indians. Hero rarely exists in time and here is a team which gave us those memories which will be cherished for centuries to come.
Cricket’s biggest carnival is set to kick off and the entire country is geared up behind their Men in blue, not to win the title but to defend it. 42 matches are to be played amongst 14 different teams over 43 days with an expected viewership of more than one billion people in the holy grail of the cricketing world. CashKaro.com salutes the spirit of the game and wishes Team India a good luck. We at CashKaro turn the pages of cricketing history and bring you the journey of Indian Cricket Team from glory to glorified, rustles to run and Kapil to Kohli.
1975- When Start Became The End
The 1975 Cricket Prudential Cup was the first edition of the cricket’s biggest carnival. India was grouped with England, East Africa and New Zealand. India lost its first match against England by 202 runs after England scored 334/5 at Lord’s.
However our Men in Blue recorded a hefty 10 wicket win against East Africa under the command of Captain S. Venkataraghavan. The show stoppers were none other than the cricketing legends Sunil Gavaskar (65 from 86 balls, 9 fours) and Farokh Engineer (54 from 93 balls, 7 fours). But the dreams of lifting the triumph shattered when we lost a must-win match against New Zealand.
India’s Record: 1-2
Champions: West Indies
1979- The Dreams Went UnCherished
There are going to be difficult moments, there are going to be obstacles along the way, but we move forward knowing the fact that we were playing our first match against the defending champions, West Indies. India lost its first match against the West Indies. The next match with New Zealand ended our World Cup Campaign but it gave birth to a legend, Sunil Gavaskar.
India’s Record: 0-3
1979 Champions: West Indies
1983: India, The World Champions
The stakes were high during the semis; the situation was desperate when India was 9 for 4. Kapil Dev walked out to bat and his fabulous innings of 175 not out against Zimbabwe.
Such was the ferocity of Kapil’s innings that Gavaskar was moved to meet his rival for captain with a glass of water as Kapil came off the field. Indians lifted its dream when we won the finals against the defending champions, West Indies by 43 runs. The world will never forget the historical moment when Kapil Dev held The World Cup Trophy in the balcony of Lord’s.
India’s Record: 6-2
1983 Champions: India
1987: Failed to Defend the Title
World cup for the first time moved out of England and the matches were reduced to 50 overs. India met Australia in its very first match and eventfully it was one of the most tight-lipped matches. Australia won it by just 1 run, after piling up 270/6 in their first innings. India dominated the group league matches by defeating New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Australia. It was heart-breaking event when India lost a crucial semi-final against England even though it was Gavaskar’s last ever cricket match.
India’s Record: 5-2
1992: Sachin Stars against Pakistan but World Cup Missed
For first time in the cricketing history, India played with its arch rivals Pakistan during 1992 World Cup. India played modestly by posing a score of 216/7 with Sachin Tendulkar being the top contributor 54 not out from 62 balls. India won its triumphs when Pakistan innings crashed to 173 all out. India won its next match against New Zealand with the help of Tendulkar’s 81 runs from 77 balls. However Indian dreams where shattered when it lost a crucial match against West Indies.
India’s record: 2−5
1996: The Wait Continues
India went with their strongest ever batting line-up formed with Sachin Tendulkar, Captain Mohammed Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sanjay Manjrekar. Sachin’s 90 runs from 84 balls helped India to win their first match against Kenya. India again defeated their arch rivals Pakistan headed by Captain Wasim Akram. India scored 287/8 in their 50 overs. Prasad and Kumble then took three wickets each to restrict Pakistan to 248/9. However India’s loss against Sri Lanka ended our journey to cherish World Cup in the semi-finals.
India’s Record- 4-3
Champions: Sri Lanka
1999: The Rise of Big 3- Sachin, Dravid & Ganguly
Dravid was the leading run-scorer of the entire tournament with 461 runs at an average of 65.85. The top 3 highest scores of the tournament were from India, Sourav Ganguly (183), Rahul Dravid (145) and Sachin Tendulkar (140).
India began their campaign with a close defeat to South Africa at Hove in the final overs of the match. Shockingly, India lost its second match against Zimbabwe. Pakistan was again defeated by 47 runs when India scored 227 runs and Pakistan was bowled out for 180 runs in just 45.3 overs.
India’s record: 4−4 (Super Six, 6th place)
In contests such as these, both the winner and the loser are remembered for long, but for entirely different reasons, of course! 2003 World Cup will always be remembered for a roaring Captain of Indian Cricket team Sourav Ganguly. Nobody thought that a young team led by Sourav Ganguly would reach the finals. India fought well but nobody except Virender Sehwag (82) and Rahul Dravid (47) scored well. So India lost by 125 runs and their dream was shattered.
India’s record: 1−2 (Group B, 3rd place)
2007: 24 Years of Wait Continued
India fared miserably against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stage of the World Cup, held in the West Indies. India managed only a win in the group stage, against minnows Bermuda, to crash out of the tournament.
India’s record: 1−2 (Group B, 3rd place)
2011: India Made History- Champions After 28 Years
“”I did cry when I went out in the middle… I did cry. This was the only time I had happy tears… because that moment was just a priceless moment. That moment was something that you can only dream off.”
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar after winning the World Cup
“I was crying and when I looked up, all the other players were forming a huddle around me. I ran to the dressing room and there I saw two players crying and running towards me. It was a special achievement as no host country has ever won the World Cup before and we are winning it for the first time after 1983.”
By Mahendra Singh Dhoni, The Captain of Indian Cricket Team 2011
All The Very Best Team India !