With the series win against West Indies, the Indian cricket team has continued their progress in the right direction. It also brought a successful end to the decade which belonged to the Indian cricket in many ways. Be it the 2011 World Cup win on their home turf or their maiden Test series win in Australia the Asian team has enjoyed tremendous success in the last ten years.
This decade, we have witnessed some magical moments which will be etched into our memory forever. With The MS Dhoni-led team, India winning the ICC CWC 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013 or the Virat Kohli led team India turning the tables in Test cricket this decade, fans have seen the rise and fall of the Men in blues, former legends saying goodbye to the game, and some new players establishing themselves as Indian Cricket legends.
Here, we take a look back at three most emotional moments for Indian cricket fans over the past decade. This list contains everything from hilarious moments to heartbreaking situations which saw tears in the cricketing nation.
Here are the top three moments:
1. Retirement of the legends
The Indian cricket team witnessed great performances with bat and ball over the past decade, many former Indian cricketers had contributed for the betterment of Indian Cricket. In this decade many of the greats took retirement from international cricket who were contributed to lay the foundation of a dominating team India.
Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket on March 2012. The Wall scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with an average of 52.31 and scored 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs. The wall had scored 36 centuries in Test cricket and 12 in ODI cricket. He played his last ODI against England on September 2011 at Cardiff and the last Test was played against Australia on January 2012 at Adelaide.
Sachin Tendulkar also announced his retirement from ODIs in December 2012 and retired from T20 cricket in October 2013 and subsequently retired from all forms of cricket on 16 November 2013 after playing his 200th Test match, against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Master Blaster scored 15,921 runs in 200 test matches with an average of 53.78 and scored 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs with an average of 44.83- establishing himself as one of the greats.
Apart from these two greats of Indian cricket, there are some of the legends who retired from the game in this decade are – Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble and many more.
2. The most heartbreaking run out
A moment of brilliance on the field by New Zealander Martin Guptill denied India’s chances of bringing the third World Cup home in a nail-biting semi-final at Old Trafford Stadium on 10th July 2019. Team India lost the thrilling encounter by 18 runs when they failed to chase New Zealand’s target of 240 after putting up a determined run chase.
After all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja’s heroics with the bat ended at 77 (59), it all came down to Dhoni 50(72) to finish the business for India. A master of crunch situations, Dhoni played a slow yet calculated knock – one that let Jadeja play freely from the other end.
Once reeling at 92/6, the duo’s spirited partnership of 116 kept India very much alive in the run chase. But once Jadeja departed, India needed 32 runs from 13 balls. Four balls and a six later, the hopes of everyone supporting the Men in Blue shattered in a million pieces when Dhoni chipped for a double.
A slight hesitation between Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar saw the former struggling to get back to the striker’s end. Guptill, out of nowhere, charged in and returned a lightning-quick throw directly aimed at the stumps that saw Dhoni short of the crease. Dhoni’s exit was soon followed by India’s exit from the World Cup – their second consecutive semi-final loss to New Zealand. And just like that, the gap between Dhoni’s bat and the safety became the most heart-breaking moment of the year for the Indian fans.
3. The 28-year wait was over: World Cup victory at home
Returning to the subcontinent after a span of 15 years, the 10th edition of the Cricket World Cup would perhaps be most remembered for ending batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s two-decade wait for the title as Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys held aloft the coveted trophy and enabled a nation to explode in ecstasy.
It was India’s second title triumph in cricket’s quadrennial showpiece, the first success having come way back in 1983.
A century by Mahela Jayawardene ensured a competitive Sri Lankan total of 274 for 6, but opener Gautam Gambhir’s 97 and skipper Dhoni’s innings of 91 lifted the home team to a victory that was celebrated through the cricket-mad country.
The Cup triumph not only ended India’s 28-year wait, but it was also the last act for a golden generation of players who had taken India to the pinnacle of the sport. This moment of joy turned into an emotional moment for the fans because India became the first team who won a world cup in home soil and Indian fans waited a long 28 years for this victory. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is the most emotional moment for the Indian fans.
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