India’s Dream Chase
The dream of every Indian for 28 years would had been a worst nightmare if this chase would not have happened.
It all started in the month of February which lasted for 42 days. In the very first match, India was ready to give their revenge which they got from minnows Bangladesh after losing in the ICC World Cup, 2007. The devastating opening batsman, Viru excelled his skills to score 175 runs and the current chase master Kohli scored a useful century which took the host, India to a target of 370-4 for 50 overs. The minnows Bangladesh could not chase the high target and scored 283-9. The Gujaratian pace bowler Munaf took 4 wickets and Viru awarded as the Man of the Match who led to the victory.
Second match is against a team who invented Cricket but couldn’t win a World Cup yet. The two left handed batsmen, Gambhir and Yuvi helped with 50 along with Master Blaster who scored 120 which made India to attain a score of 338, where Bresnan took a 5 wicket haul. Andrew Strauss, who was the Man of the Match scored 158 to take the England to taste the victory. But, the Indian spearhead, Zaheer took 3 crucial wickets to tie the game.
In the Ireland and Netherlands match, India attained victory in a stabilized manner. However, this was the time, Yuvi emerged as a skillful all-rounder. He scored 50 in both the matches and took 5 and 3 wicket haul respectively which made him to award the Man of the Match.
Next match was against the Proteas nation which defeated the Blue jerseys. This was the only match, India lost in the World Cup. One of the best opening partners Sachin and Viru made a crucial knocks of 111 and 73 respectively along with Gambhir’s knock of 69 made India to reach a decent score of 296. The middle and lower order collapse fell in the hands of South Africa. World Class spearhead, Steyn gun had a 5 wicket haul, who was the match winner and awarded with MOM.
Against the Windies, cancer survived batsmen Yuvi scored a century and Kohli scored half century. Yuvi’s century knock and 2 wickets led the host to a victory side and India qualified for the Quarter finals.
In Quarters, it was against the defending champions. The Aussie Skipper Ricky again scored a century which set a target of 261 for India. Sachin, Gambhir, Yuvi had a half mark stand. However CSKian little Hero, Raina’s crucial knock of 34 and partnership with Yuvi, made the India to taste the win and also gave a straight revenge to the mighty Australians. And again, the man who had been suffering from Cancer awarded as MoM.
In Semis, this was against the rivalry nation and also a thrilled match for fans of both nations. As, Pakistanis had not defeated the India in the ICC tournaments at that time. Master Blaster took the team on his shoulders and paved the way for a historic win and awarded as MoM. India reached a decent score of 260. However, Pakistan could not chase the target even though Misbah scored a half century.
The dream match for all Indians held on 2nd April and against the neighboring nation Lanka. Mahela and Sangakkara smashed the balls all over the ground. Sangakkara was caught in the trap by Dhoni and Yuvi which led Indians to breathe. However, the Lankan skipper went on and scored a century in the last over to set a huge World Cup Final target of 275. When the blue jerseys came on to bat, the bad luck followed the team. Devastating and aggressive opener Viru fell in Malinga’s snare, scored duck in 2 balls and turned to the pavilion. This is the only match where Viru didn’t hit a boundary in the first ball of the innings in this World Cup series. Unfortunately, the centurion of centuries who played 6 world cups also trapped by Lankan-Yorker specialist. Suddenly, the whole India started to feel like they lost the cup. Kohli had a decent partnership with Gambhir and was sent back by tremendous catch by Dilshan. Gambhir was holding one side and he needed someone to hold the grip tightly with him.
The hope for Indians curtailed and the man who carried Indian cricket could not lift the World Cup and this might be his last world cup. Suddenly a surprising thing happened in the Mumbai Venue. The Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni raised his batting order and came at no.4. This was shocking for all including the fans because the skipper’s performance was not up to the mark and also Yuvi who was well settled in that order did not come up. This was the scene where the skipper came into the picture. He played very carefully as he carried the dreams of million people. Dhoni was sincere in scoring runs that he even forgot to celebrate 50 and was later reminded by Gambhir. At one stage, Gambhir who was expected to score a century came down the ground and the stumps were uprooted by Perera. He left Indian side to a decent score of 223-4 at 41.2 overs. India still need 55 runs from 52 balls. Yuvi who was suffering from Cancer joined his friend Dhoni. Dhoni smashed Malinga’s ball to boundaries and this ignited the hope of Indian fans. Lankans were trying their best to taste the world cup for their spinner legend Muralitharan. And in the 48.2 over, Dhoni hit a huge six in Kulasekara’s over to regain the world cup trophy to India and that six made all the Indian fans to fell for him. Wicket keeper batsman who was a silent hero behind the stumps, led the mighty Indian side with efforts from all the players stepped up in the world cup final and smashed 91 runs from 79 balls and also awarded as MoM. Yuvi had been awarded as the Player of the Tournament for his all-round performance.
With great efforts from all the players, India became the first nation to lift the world cup as being hosts. Zaheer Khan took 21 wickets with the ball and Sachin scored 482 runs with the bat whereas Yuvi scored 362 runs and 15 wickets with bat and ball and acted as major contribution to the team.