Indian cricket team has evolved to a great extent from the 90s. The 90s were the days of cricket betting scandals for the Indian team. After winning the world cup fantasy cricket game in 1983, the quality of Indian cricket team deteriorated because of those scandals.
Then came the “Dada” of Indian cricket who led the team to a new era. And the Indian team never looked back. India won its second CWC fantasy world cup title in 2011 and has been one of the successful teams in its history.
India created history in 1983 ODI fantasy world cup by defeating the defending champions, West Indies. They again created history when they reached the world cup finals in 2003 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. And another history created in 2011 when the Dhoni-led team won the trophy after 28 years.
Let us take a look at three selective and surprising records held by Indians in the fantasy world cup tournament history. Read on and get surprised:
Bishan Bedi’s maiden overs
Bishan Bedi, nicknamed as Bishu, was part of the famous Indian spin quartet. The quartet included Bhagwat Chandrashekar, ErapalliPrasanna, SrinivasVenkataraghavan and Bedi himself in the 1970s era. Bedi was left-arm orthodox bowler from Punjab. He had a very impressive bowling variation and with the ball in hand, he often created for batsmen when on the crease.
As test cricket had prominence during those days, he played less ODI cricket. During world cup 1975, Bedi participated for India and bowled two maiden overs against East Africa in a single game. So far, no other bowler has achieved this feat in the world cup. Let’s see what if anyone can break this record in this world cup.
Sourav Ganguly’s partnership records
The “God on the off side” and also the “Dada”, the form Indian team skipper, Sourav Ganguly was the warhorse. Ganguly was synonymous to aggression, was a fighter and he took the Indian cricket team to new heights under his captaincy. He has been regarded as one of the greatest captains of the Indian cricket team.
Ganguly has participated in 3 world cup tournaments for India from 1999 to 2007. He was the captain for team India in world cup 2003. He was one of the most elegant left-handed stroke makers India has produced. In his ODI career of 311 matches, Ganguly has an average of 41 with 22 centuries in his record.
Ganguly has a unique record of partnering in three 200+ partnerships in World cup history. His first and highest partnership of 318 runs came with Rahul Dravid in World Cup 1999. The second one of 244 runs in world cup against Namibia with Sachin Tendulkar. The third partnership of 202 runs withVirenderSehwagwas against Bermuda in world cup 2007.
Centuries of Sachin Tendulkar at a young age
The master blaster from India is famously holding nearly 50% of the world cup records under his name. One of the most gifted cricketers of the Indian team, Sachin Tendulkar did wonders for India from a young age.
He participated in six world cups and shares this record with Javed Miandad of Pakistan. His batting campaign in world cup 2003 was extremely successful and fans cheer those memories till today. Tendulkar has given cricket a new dimension in India. Playing for India from a very young age also put him into the World Cup squad of India during world cup 1992.
Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have won two “Man of the Match” awards prior to age of 20 in World cups.
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