India Becomes The World Champion With 2nd T20 World Cup Title, Ends 11-Year ICC Trophy Drought

India became the World Champion after a tremendous victory against South Africa in the 2024 T20 World Cup final match. South Africa added another chapter to their history of chokes, handing India the World Cup title in a tense final in Bridgetown.

India became the World Champion after a tremendous victory against South Africa in the 2024 T20 World Cup final match. South Africa added another chapter to their history of chokes, handing India the World Cup title in a tense final in Bridgetown. India captain Rohit Sharma collapsed to the ground in relief as his teammates jubilantly celebrated a seven-run win at Kensington Oval, marking India’s first World Cup title in any format since 2011.

The thrilling final culminated in a moment of brilliance off the first ball of the last over. With South Africa needing 16 to win, Suryakumar Yadav on the boundary held on to a crucial catch from David Miller, South Africa’s last specialist batsman. Yadav sprinted from wide long-off, managed to stay in play, tossed the ball in the air as his momentum carried him over the rope, and composedly completed the catch.

The catch proved decisive, delivering a gut punch to South Africa. Requiring 16 runs off five balls, they faltered as Hardik Pandya bowled the final over. Seconds after the winning moment, rain fell, mirroring South Africa’s emotions. Miller was visibly emotional, supported by a teammate’s shoulder, encapsulating their disappointment.

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Virat Kohli announces retirement from T20Is

Just after winning the statement, Virat Kohli also announced his retirement from T20I matches.

“This was my last T20 World Cup, and this is what we wanted to achieve,” said Kohli after the match. “One day you feel you can’t get a run, and then things happen. God is great, and I got the job done for the team on the day it mattered. Now or never, the last T20 for India wanted to make the most of it. Wanted to lift the cup, and respect the situation rather than force it. This was an open secret, it’s time for the next generation to take over, some amazing players will take the team forward and keep the flag waving high.

India Becomes The World Champion With 2nd T20 World Cup Title, Ends 11-Year ICC Trophy Drought
Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel After Taking Wicket in 2024 T20 World Cup Final Match (IANS)

South Africa gave tough competition to the Indian team. South Africa needed 30 runs off 30 balls to win the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup. However, Hardik Pandya’s impressive 3-20 and Jasprit Bumrah’s tight 2-18 helped an unbeaten India secure their second title in the shortest format with a thrilling seven-run victory at the Kensington Oval on Saturday.

Following a stellar performance throughout the tournament, Indian bowlers, spearheaded by Arshdeep Singh (2/20) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/18), continued their dominance in the final. Their exemplary bowling effort restricted South Africa to 169 for eight, securing India’s second T20 World Cup title.

Virat Kohli Hits Back with His Stored Energy

India Becomes The World Champion With 2nd T20 World Cup Title, Ends 11-Year ICC Trophy Drought, and just after winngin the match Virat Kohli announce his retirement from T20I and will never play afain for India in T20 matches
Virat Kohli (IANS)

Talismanic batter Virat Kohli stepped up, ending his lean patch with a 59-ball 76 to help India post a competitive 176/7 against South Africa in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 at the Kensington Oval. On a dry and slow pitch, South Africa made early inroads by picking three quick wickets. But Kohli anchored India’s innings, despite a middle-overs slowdown, with his crucial knock laced with six fours and two sixes, helping India post the highest total in a Men’s T20 World Cup final.

Kohli’s knock of 76 was more than his first seven innings in the tournament combined (75 runs). His 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Axar Patel, who made 47 off 31 balls, and a 57-run partnership with Shivam Dube, who hit a 16-ball 27, propelled India past the 175-run mark as they hammered 42 runs off the last three overs.

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Middle-Order Woes

Kagiso Rabada struck in the fifth over when Suryakumar Yadav’s attempt to whip a back-of-a-length ball ended in a spectacular catch by the fine leg, leaving India at 34/3 in 4.3 overs. Despite this, Kohli’s busy strike-rotation role helped rebuild India’s innings, while pinch-hitter Axar took up the attacking mantle, hitting boundaries and sixes to boost India’s score.

Axar Patel’s Aggression

Axar brought up India’s hundred in 13.1 overs by hammering Rabada for a six down the ground. However, a moment of brilliance from South Africa saw Axar run out for 47 after Kohli missed a delivery and de Kock’s direct hit sent him back.

With Kohli still finding fielders, Dube lifted Jansen for six and then slog-swept Shamsi for four. After Kohli reached his first fifty of the tournament in 48 balls, Dube ended the 17th over with a slice past backward point for four. Kohli then hit his first six of the competition by slogging Rabada over long-on and pulled the pacer for four more, accumulating 16 runs off the 18th over. Kohli clipped and slogged Jansen for four and six before the pacer had him holing out to long-on.

Final Flourish of India Against South Africa

Hardik Pandya top-edged a pull-off Jansen over the keeper’s head for four, contributing to 17 runs in the 19th over. Dube struck Nortje down the ground past a diving mid-on for four before Nortje bounced back, taking out Dube and Ravindra Jadeja in the last three balls of the innings to keep India four runs below 180.

Brief Score of IND vs SA Final Match T20 World Cup

Team Score Top Scorers Bowlers Result
India 176/7 Virat Kohli 76, Axar Patel 47 Keshav Maharaj 2-23, Anrich Nortje 2-26 India won by 7 runs
South Africa 169/8 Heinrich Klaasen 52, Quinton de Kock 39 Hardik Pandya 3-20, Jasprit Bumrah 2-18

 

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