Indian Cricket Team: The eighth edition of the T20 World Cup is to be played in Australia soon. Its first edition was played in South Africa in 2007. India, who were knocked out from the first round of the 2007 ODI World Cup, sent a very young team for the T20 World Cup. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly had decided not to go to the tournament and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given the captaincy of India. Dhoni had legends like Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag.
Apart from these experienced players, new players like Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan were also present in the team. India’s first match was against Pakistan which was tied. After this the ball was out and Dhoni’s clever mind was seen in it. While Pakistan chose fast bowlers, Dhoni took the help of spinners for this. Batsmen like Sehwag and Robin Uthappa had won the match for India by hitting the stumps. Let us know how the young players made India the champion.
Dhoni’s clever mind
Dhoni used his clever mind throughout the tournament and took many shocking decisions. Giving a chance to 18-year-old Rohit Sharma in place of veteran Dinesh Karthik also proved to be Rohit’s master stroke. Dhoni relied on Sreesanth and Joginder Sharma in crucial matches, despite having a senior bowler like Ajit Agarkar. Getting the last over from Joginder in the final match was also one of Dhoni’s biggest successful experiments.
Yuvraj threw full force
Yuvraj Singh showed a wonderful game during the entire tournament. Yuvraj made his intentions clear by hitting six consecutive sixes in six balls against Stuart Broad against England. India faced Australia in the semi-finals. It was very difficult to beat Australia in that era, but nothing was difficult for him in the rhythm in which Yuvraj. Yuvraj took India to the final by playing an innings of 70 runs in 30 balls against Australia.
All the players made important contribution
Throughout the tournament, the Indian team played unitedly and all the players made important contributions. Be it Sehwag or Gambhir or Irfan Pathan, everyone had done the job of handling the team on important occasions. RP Singh and Irfan Pathan kept the team in bowling throughout the tournament. Young Rohit played a very important innings in the final match and took India to a good score.