India’s journey since the 1983 World Cup; lets see how it has been
The Indian Team won its first ever World Cup in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev and since then it has been terrific journey for them.
India got under the lights after it lifted the World title in 1983, it is considered as one of the most unexpected wins by a team. India went as more like underdogs but their performance was strong enough to shock anyone. However, after that, it took a great long time for the team to lift the title once again.
It was in the year 2003 where India managed to reach to finals and had to play against Australia. All eyes were on their biggest players- Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, etc but unfortunately, everyone failed to deliver and Australia dominantly won the final.
The streak couldn’t even reach much further in 2007 as the team exited in the early stages.
However, the men in blue had to prove themselves after the game’s shortest format was released, the T20. The first-ever T20 was held in South Africa where India dominated completely over the other teams and who would forget Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad when it comes to the 2007 T20 World Cup. The finals showing in the tournament had the arch-rivals India and Pakistan and the match had a nail-biting finish and India managed to lift the trophy and register themselves as the winners of the first ICC T2O World Championship.
Another biggest stint of India was the 2011 ODI World Cup. The tournament had everything, Sachin’s tons, Zaheer’s bowling, Sehwag’s sixes, and at the end Dhoni’s winning six which still brings goosebumps to all the cricket fans. Yuvraj Singh, who was the Man Of The Tournament is still known for the struggles he made while battling cancer but still playing for his team.
In 2014, India was standing in its second World T20 final and this time against Sri Lanka but the team couldn’t manage to win and ended up as runner-ups.
Since then the team has managed to reach the semifinals of the 2015 and 2019 World Cup along with the 2016 T20 Championship.
Now with the World Test Championship finals and the 2021 T20 World Cup on the cards, the men in blue will surely look to win both the contest and register them into the history books of cricket forever.