The ICC Men’s ODI World Cup has already started from October 5.
Hosts India look set to take on cricketing arch-nemesis Pakistan on Saturday in a thrilling third match after winning their first two matches with ease.
Thus, the fans are eagerly waiting for the exciting match between these two teams.
But in the case of the World Cup, the ‘thrill’ level of this encounter reaches a different height.
Talking about Pakistan’s performance in the ODI World Cup so far, the Pakistani team is in good form with wins in both their matches.
When we talk about the thrill of the cricket match between India and Pakistan, many such exciting matches between the two countries have been engraved in the memory of the people.
But even in that, if we want to remember a match that brings tears to the body of Indian cricket lovers and whose memory is still fresh, then most of the people will definitely choose the match between India and Pakistan in the final of the first T20 World Cup of the year 2007.
That match was something like that. Among the biggest rival teams in the world of cricket, India-Pakistan’s Gajgraha along with memorable performances by both teams in the tension of the final, the match proved to be ‘a treasure trove of thrills and entertainment’ for cricket fans all over the world apart from India-Pakistan.
But the memorable moments of this match also include a mistake. Perhaps the mistake has become as memorable as that match.
Pakistan’s veteran, then in-form batsman made a mistake in the match which turned the entire aspect of the match and the World Cup seemed to be in India’s grasp.
Dhoni’s young team
That day of September 24, 2007, has left an exhilarating memory in the minds of every cricket lover in India.
On the same day, in the first T20 World Cup final in Johannesburg, South Africa, India’s youth-laden team won the toss and batted first, setting a target of just 158 runs against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Only a few months ago, the Indian team, equipped with veteran seniors, returned to ‘Vila Mohe’ after a crushing defeat against Bangladesh in the group stage itself. On the opposite side, Pakistan’s team was eliminated in the group stage itself.
But within a few months, these rivals of the cricketing world were facing each other in the final of the T20 World Cup.
The team management decided to rest India’s legendary trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly and handed over the captaincy to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Despite having proportionately experienced cricketers like Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh, the Indian management bet on new-young players this time.
In the final, openers Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan looked aggressive from the start. But after a shaky start, India lost two wickets with a score of 40 runs in five overs.
But from here Baji opener Gambhir and in-form batsman Yuvraj Singh took over. The pair added 63 more runs. In this match, Yuvraj Singh was not in an aggressive mood like in the semi-final.
In the later overs, sending Dhoni along with Yuvraj to the pavilion, the Pakistani team managed to limit the Indian team to 111 runs in 14 overs.
Gambhir, who batted almost from start to finish, came up as the team’s savior at the brink. He made a commendable contribution of 75 runs off 54 balls and was dismissed by Umar Gul. After that, Rohit Sharma played a role in taking the team to a respectable score by scoring an aggressive 30 runs off 16 balls.
Umar Gul got the most three wickets for Pakistan in this match. While Asif and Tanveer got one wicket each.
‘Indian bowler scared of bowling against Misbah’
The Pakistan team entered the field with a firm intention to chase down a possible score of 158 runs.
But the openers failed to give the team a good start.
Opener Mohammad Hafeez was dismissed for just one run while Kamran Akmal was bowled by fast bowler R. P. Singh was dismissed for zero.
After a few overs, the other opener, Imran Nazirey, who looked aggressive, was dismissed for 33 runs in just 14 balls. Robin Uthappa took his wicket.
Till this time, Pakistan’s condition was also similar to that of the Indian team. In 5.4 overs, the Pakistan team had lost three wickets with a score of 53.
With this, the score that seemed possible for the team started to look a little difficult.
But from here, the situation for Pakistan continued to deteriorate instead of improving. With veteran batsman Younis Khan, captain Sohab Malik and Shahid Afridi dismissed for 24, eight others for nil respectively, Pakistan looked to be in trouble.
Pakistan had lost six wickets for 77 runs.
Pakistan’s falling wickets boosted the morale of India’s bowlers, but there was still a challenge in the field called ‘Misbah’.
Wickets kept falling from the opposite end but Misbah held on till the end. Gradually increasing the score, Misbah showed his aggressive outlook in the 17th over. He kept Pakistan’s hopes alive by hitting three sixes in Harbhajan Singh’s over.
Later, banned tail batsman Sohail Tanveerey played a role in the 18th over by hitting two sixes off Sreesanth’s over to bring the match to a thrilling conclusion.
Pakistan needed 13 runs in the final over to win. With only one wicket in hand, Misbah and Tanveer’s aggressive approach created tension for the Indian team.
It is said that when the then Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to give the responsibility of the crucial final over of the match to the experienced bowlers of the Indian team, ‘no bowler was ready to bowl the final over against Misbah’.
According to a report in Indian Express, Pakistan’s then captain Shoaib Malik confirmed this and said, “I will not name anyone. But Dhoni asked everyone. But he refused to bowl the final over. He was scared to bowl against Misbah. He was hitting shots all over the field that day.”
Misbah’s scoop shot
Finally, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave the responsibility of bowling the final decisive over against Misbah to new bowler Joginder Sharma.
Joginder bowled the first ball wide as the tension of this crucial over reflected in his bowling.
And on the second ball of the over, Misbah hit a six and tried to put pressure on Joginder Sharma.
Now Pakistan needed just six balls to win in four balls.
Joginder Sharma took the run-up to deliver the ball, until Misbah looked ready to hit a replacement shot according to his stanza delivery at the crease.
Misbah played a scoop shot with the intention of hitting a boundary on what looked like a ‘loose delivery’ at first glance. The ball was in the air. Most people watching the match at this point might have missed a beat.
Finally, the Indian team’s luck worked and the Indian fast bowler Sreesanth, who was standing at fine-leg under that shot in the air, sent Misbah to the pavilion. Misbah scored 43 runs in 38 balls and got out. And the Pakistan team was bundled out for 152 runs only.
Along with this, the young Indian team, which was considered as ‘underdog’, managed to win the final against its traditional rival Pakistan in the cricket world and claim the title. This was a memorable moment for Indian cricket fans.
In the post-match analysis, many questioned Misbah’s shot selection in the third ball of the crucial over, calling it a ‘mistake’.
But later Shoaib Malik and Misbah himself have reacted to this argument.
Shoaib Malik said, “People always talk about that scoop shot by Misbah. But if it wasn’t for the last wicket, Misbah would have hit that ball for a boundary. He had already hit Joginder Sharma for a six in that over.”
Misbah also clarified about his shot selection saying, “I played the scoop shot many times in that tournament. When I played the scoop shot with that ball, the aim was to get the ball out of the boundary. So that they put the fielding up under pressure and we finished the match easily.” could have.”
Later, bowler Joginder Sharma, who bowled the final over, also spoke about the courage given to him by captain Dhoni before that over.
He said, “Before the final over, there was no discussion about which line and how I should bowl, nor was the bowling strategy discussed. Mahi told me not to take any pressure. He said that if there was a loss, he would be responsible. will remain.”
Sharma said, “Even though Misbah hit my second ball for a six, we weren’t tense. We didn’t talk about when and what to do during that time.”
“When I went to bowl the third ball, I saw that Misbah was getting ready to play a scoop shot. So I changed the line a bit and delivered a slower one.”
“So Misbah didn’t time that ball well. Sreesanth took the catch and then as everyone says ‘the rest is history.'”
Exciting moments of the series
Apart from the historic final, this match saw many memorable moments.
In which, Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Stuart Broad’s over in a bowl-out victory against Pakistan in the group stage match are immortal in the fans’ minds.
In the first match of the tournament, India was to play against Scotland. But the match was washed away in the rain.
They were to face Pakistan in the second match in the group stage. This match saw the height of excitement.
Batting first, the Indian team scored 141 runs. In reply, Pakistan team could score only 141 runs. In case of a tie, according to the rules of the time, the decision was to be taken by ball-out.
In which the Indian team defeated Pakistan by blowing the stumps with all three balls.
After that, India’s performance was exciting in the exciting match of Super-8 as well.
After a ten-run defeat against New Zealand in the first match, in the match against England, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh created history by hitting six sixes in six balls off Stuart Broad’s over after Andrew Flintoff’s sledging.
Yuvraj Singh’s 16-ball innings of 58 runs helped India win by 18 runs against England.
In the next match, the Indian team defeated South Africa by 37 runs and confirmed their place in the semi-finals.
Yuvraj Singh’s batting onslaught helped India beat Australia in the semi-finals. Yuvraj, the hero of the victory, scored 70 runs off 30 balls.