The month of May is bringing with it the excitement of the World Cup Cricket Game. Yes, it is the year of the biggest tournament in the world of cricket, World Cup 2019. A treat for the cricket world cup fantasy league fans!
Whenever the Indian cricket team has won any of the World Cups, it has been history. 11 World Cups, India has won two. In addition, India has the T20I World Cup once. The ODI fantasy world cup fans in India are going to have another treat of cricket tournament after IPL ends.
There were multiple star-performers who did it for Indian winning. But there were a few crucial contributions during world cup trips, which ultimately made the impact in CWC fantasy.
Let’s go down the memory lane of the fantasy world cup. And see four such contributions that helped India achieve World Cup glory.
Suresh Raina – 34 vs. Australia in World Cup 2011 Quarter Final
India was playing against defending champions Australia. Ricky Ponting won an all-important toss in Ahmedabad and opted to bat first. Australia reached 260, which was a good total.
India began on a positive note but lost early wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, both scoring 53 and 50 respectively. Once the duo was dismissed, Yuvraj Singh took up the responsibility and continued scoring at a brisk pace. MS Dhoni was dismissed and India was reeling at 187 for 5 in the 37th over, still requiring 74 runs from 74 balls.
Suresh Raina joined Yuvraj Singh and the duo wrestled back the momentum from Australia with a bit of wise batting. They were continuously rotating the strike and striking the periodic boundary when required. Raina scored 34 from 28 balls which came with 5 fours and a six. This partnership sealed the game for India and ousted the defending champions from the World Cup.
Kris Srikanth – 38 vs. West Indies in World Cup 1983 Final
India was the underdogs next to an all-conquering West Indies, which was recognized to frighten oppositions. KapilDev won the toss and decided to bat and India began on a poor note giving up their opener Sunil Gavaskar. Mohinder Amarnath and Srikanth resurrected the scenario with a 57-run stand.
Srikanth played some intense square cuts and strong hook shots. He was finally dismissed for a well-made 38 off 57 balls with seven fours and one six. India could make only 183. India’s bowlers bowled in a strict manner, not permitting the West Indies to move away from the hook. Indies finally bowed down to India’s resolution and got all out for 140.
India won the World Cup that year for the first time, making it the historic moment for them.
Rohit Sharma – 30 vs. Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2007 Final
India was playing against Pakistan in the inaugural T20 World Cup final in 2007 and the stakes were quite high. India was struggling at 111 for 4 in 15 overs. A young 20-year old Rohit Sharma played a thrilling cameo, scoring 30 from 16 balls. He ran perfectly between the wickets and hit a crucial six and a boundary in the last over to strengthen India to an affordable 157 for 5 in 20 overs.
Pakistan fought valiantly and fell short of the target by 5 runs. India brought the inaugural T20 World Cup home.
Virat Kohli – 35 versus Sri Lanka in World Cup 2011 Final
India was playing against Sri Lanka in the World Cup final 2011. Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and opted for batting. Sri Lanka began slowly, but made good runs in their innings and reached a match-winning 275.
India had one of the poorest starts in the World cup losing Sehwag for 0 and Tendulkar for 18. India was at 31 for 2, when came a youngster, replacing the “Little Master,” Virat Kohli. He smartly batted along with Gambhir and they were successful in taking singles and doubles while hitting the periodic boundary. Kohli was the supporter and Gambhir was the aggressor.
Virat was out for 35 from 49 balls. When India won the trophy, Dhoni credited the role played by the young Kohli and savoured him for soaking in all the pressure.
*Records have been compiled as on April 20, 2019
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