Indian cricket was going through a massive change in 2007. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was handed over the captaincy of the 20-20 team for the World Cup after a huge turmoil in the team.
After the controversy between Greg Chappel and Sourav Ganguly, the latter was removed from captaincy and Rahul Dravid was handed over the responsibility. The team however performed poorly at the 2007 ODI World Cup in West Indies. The Men in Blue crashed out of the group stage after losing to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The team management with nothing to lose took the big decision of sending a young team backed by a young captain to the 20-20 World Cup in South Africa. The Indian team were put into Group D with Pakistan and Scotland. The Dhoni-led side were able to get to the next stage and were put with New Zealand, South Africa and England in Group E.
With the team gaining confidence as games progressed, India topped Group E as well and moved into the Sem Final stage. In the Semi-final the Indian team faced Australia, which was a position many thought India would never reach. The team however was able to defeat the Adam Gilchrist-led side on the back of a sensational 70 off of 30 deliveries by Yuvraj Singh.
In final India met the arch-rivals Pakistan with a chance to lift the inaugural trophy, 15 years ago today. That match went on to become one of the most memorable matches for the country with Sreesanth taking Misbah-ul-Haq’s catch in the final over as the most iconic moment of Indian Cricket.
Twitter was buzzing after the sun shed its first light on the country on the 24th of September.
Let’s look at how Twitter reacted to the 15th anniversary of India’s 20-20 World Cup win in 2007.
The winning moment in the 2007 T20 World Cup final – it gives goosebumps every single time. pic.twitter.com/ZWXzI68spf
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 24, 2022
Already had enough of the drama in Indian cricket. Then came gloomy days of ODI World Cup. It was chaos. Fans low in spirit. No seniors. New faces. Young skipper. They clutched. 2007 World T20 win. Unmatchable feeling.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 24, 2022
This Day in 2007:
India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets to win inaugural edition of T20 World Cup under leadership of MS Dhoni!
Ravi Shastri’s iconic commentary still gives goosebumps
“In the air and Sreesanth takes it, India wins!”@sreesanth36 @IrfanPathan#T20WorldCup#INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/HPHnxmQ8tw
— Nilesh G (@oye_nilesh) September 23, 2022
Former selector Sanjay Jagdale :
“Before 2007 T20 World Cup. I told Dhoni, ‘This is a good team.’ And he said, Sir, we will come back with World Cup. I was shocked just seeing the confidence”@MSDhoni #MSDhoni #WhistlePodu
— MSDian™ (@ItzThanesh) September 24, 2022
🇮🇳🏆 #OnThisDay in 2007: Gautam Gambhir’s 75, RP Singh and Irfan Pathan’s 3-fers and an unforgettable Joginder Sharma final over saw Mahi lead India to a colossal win in the first T20 World Cup 🙌🏼
📸 Getty • #otd #INDvPAK #TeamIndia #T20WorldCup #BharatArmy pic.twitter.com/5GQidob1az
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) September 24, 2022
15 years have passed.
2007 T20 World Cup.
Sweet Memories. pic.twitter.com/2xcgyueh4A
— Loki Laufeyson (@LOKI_Snape) September 24, 2022
15 years back on 24 September 2007 we all feel the proud moments with the tears when the man @msdhoni lift the T20 first world cup.
Thank you so much the squad of WCT20 2007 specially @GautamGambhir ji & @msdhoni ji
— ankit mishra 🇮🇳 (@ankitmishraknp) September 24, 2022
Chak De India song from ground to news channel to news paper.
2007 T20 World Cup was just proper insane vibe. pic.twitter.com/euJYXlKKYZ
— Alok Ranjan 🇮🇳 (@itsalokranjan) September 24, 2022
The 2007 World Cup will always be special pic.twitter.com/4huQVUUxQN
— Bunty 🇮🇳🚩 (@Bunty2134) September 24, 2022
In The Air..& Sreesanth Takes It !
On This Day In 2007, INDIA Beats Pakistan & Won inaugural T20 World Cup🏆 Under MS Dhoni !
MS Dhoni has lifted his first trophy as captain in the International Cricket. 🔥#MSDhoni #t20worldcup2007 #history #DhoniForLife #t20worldcup #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/zEYh4Sia5o
— 𝐊𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐚𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐢𝐥 (@Neil_Panchtilak) September 24, 2022