It's such a cliche that we're almost embarrassed to mention it, but we will do it anyway. In India, cricket is a religion. On 29th Oct 2017, India, in what was an iconic grandstand finish, defeated New Zealand to clinch the ODI series 2-1 and are on the heels of South Africa for the crown of ODI kings and knowing the kind of captain Virat Kohli is, he isn't going to let that go.
On the topic of Kohli, Virat became the fastest ever batsman to cross the 9000 runs mark, and we believe when it's all said and done, he will be the numero uno in every aspect when it comes to batting. But do you know Virat crossed his 8000 run mark in the same country where once Mr Sourav Ganguly took his shirt off, Mr Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup, etc.? Indeed these are some moments to remember and today we at WittyFeed would like to bring you a list of such moments where Indian Cricket team hoisted the tricolors even higher.
We're starting with the man of the hour. Because he completed 9000 on home soil, that isn't mentioned here but Virat completed 8000 runs and became the fastest ever batsman to do that. Kohli achieved this amazing feat in Birmingham England vs Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.
It's rare that a list brimming with a team's proudest achievements abroad has two personal achievements of a particular player but how many times a batsman with Virat's caliber has stepped onto the cricket field?
320 runs required in 40 overs and then Virat rolls his sleeves. Kohli decimated Sri Lankan bowlers, scoring 133 off just 86 balls and chasing the target under 37 overs.
A quarter of a century ago, Indian cricket didn't have the pedigree to go to Australia 'down under' as they call it and go eye for an eye. What they had was an 18-year-old with a squeaky voice going by the name of Sachin Tendulkar. Although India lost that match, the world took notice of this young gun, and as far as things go, we think he became a half decent batsman, didn't he?
A rock amongst ruins. What makes the innings so special? The fact that it came during one of the darkest phases in the Indian Cricket history and yet this one man, one little man with a gigantic heart was standing valiantly against the best team in the world. Tendulkar scored 116 out of a total 212 balls but sadly, couldn't register a win for India.
Dhoni is a wizard both with the bat and the glove. And his wizardry was at its pomp in 2012 when he stumped Marsh in just 0.09 seconds. An average human blink in about 0.30 - 0.40 seconds. Dhoni literally stumped Marsh faster than the blink of an eye.
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Sehwag wasn't just a player, was he? He was a lifestyle. Calm, composed, in his own world but devastating at the same time. And it was Pakistan who was on the receiving end of his devastation. Sehwag registered a mind-boggling 309 runs, earning him the title of 'The Sultan of Multan'.
In what was a controversy-plagued 2008 tour of Australia thanks to Bhajji's 'Monkeygate' controversy. Team India was at its brilliant best again despite resting the likes of Sehwag, Ganguly, and Dravid, India clinched the series by winning the first tow of the best of 3 finals.
Even by Sachin Tendulkar's ridiculously high standards, the innings was ridiculous. Not in a bad way though. Sachin smashed Aussies to pulp by his hands, scoring 143 to help India qualify for the finals and to prove that the innings was no fluke, smashed 134 two days later as he helped India win the finals.
The day India ended England's home rule was also the day India found themselves on the world map of cricket. India reached a new high in 1971 as they beat England at The Oval. Thanks to an astounding net spun by Bhagwat Chandrasekhar who took 8 wickets in that match.
In 1985, just two years after India was crowned as the world champions (more on that later), they went to Australia to participate in the World Championship of Cricket which was held to commemorate 150 years of European settlement in Victoria. Like the World Cup, India was yet again considered as underdogs, but that didn't stop them from winning every single match and win the championship.
The day Dada won our hearts. England posted 326 runs on board and was halfway to the victory as India bled at 146/5. Up stepped two unknown youngsters named Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif who led India to that iconic victory and compelled Dada to do that iconic celebration.
It was the time when God majestically derailed Rawalpindi Express. Till that point, India never chased a win over 222 in World Cup but thanks to the 98 from Sachin Tendulkar at the expense of Pakistani Bowlers, India sailed through and chased 274 runs, making it one of the best performances in the World Cup, if not the best.
From zero to hero. If there was ever a match which had the most Bollywood-esque narrative, it was this one and Ishant Sharma was the protagonist. Sharma was being decimated by the English batting order until that iconic over where he managed to take two wickers and turn the tide in India's favor. Their team, their stadium, the conditions suited them but ultimately, the cup was ours. On the topic of cups...
"In the airrrr, Sreesanth takes it!!!!!!!!!!" Who can forget the iconic piece of commentary from Ravi Shastri in the final over? Calling the final a great moment would be an understatement as the entire journey was brimmed with great moments, be it the bowl out, the six sixes, the mauling of Australia or that iconic catch. The T20 World Cup heroics ranks as the second-best moment of Indian Cricket team overseas and the best one? You bet!
No one gave Kapil Dev a chance, the dream of winning a World Cup was the impossible dream. India somehow reached the finals and according to pundits, was destined to suffer a beating at the hands of defending champions West Indies. Despite posting a meager total of 183, India successfully defended the total and the rest, as they say, is history.
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