We all know that cricket is a major part of our Indian culture, almost considered as sacred as any religion. It’s a sport which has a crazy fandom and brings everyone together when our blue men play any international match. For all of us, cricket is an emotion and there have been many instances when these emotions have come out in the open for everyone to see.
So, let’s go through some emotional moments our Indian Cricket team has faced.
1.India Vs Sri Lanka, World Cup Semi-Final, 1996
This was a memorable semi-final match of the World Cup in 1996 between India and Sri Lanka, which was played in Eden Garden Kolkata. Sri Lanka had made 251 runs and India needed 252 runs to win this match. India was cruising at 98 for the loss of 1 wicket and suddenly India lost 7 wickets within 22 runs. The moment the 8th wicket fell, the crowd supporting the Indian team burst up and started throwing water bottles on the ground. Ultimately, the referee had to abandon the match and Sri Lanka were declared winners.
2. India Won the cup in 1983 for the first time
On 25th June 1983, Kapil Dev and his team made history by winning the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time. It was the greatest moment for the Indian Cricket team, considered to be underdogs throughout the tournament, beat the mighty West Indies in the final at the iconic Lords ground in London.
What made the victory even sweeter was that the West Indies team had won both the previous editions of the World Cup and boasted of a legendary team consisting of Clive Lloyds, Vivian Richards, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, and others. As a result, Kapil Dev became the first Indian captain to lift the Cricket World Cup.
3. Yuvraj Singh’s Six Sixes
This was a proud moment for all the Indians and Indian Cricket team as Yuvraj Singh took a shine to Stuart Broad by hitting six sixes in one over in the inaugural World T20 championship against England in 2007. Yuvi Paji became the second batsman to hit six sixes in an over after Herschelle Gibbs. Hats off Yuvi Paji!!!
4. India lifting World Cup 2011
This was a special year for Indians as the Indian Cricket team lifted the World Cup after 28 Years. The whole country was on the streets to celebrate this victory. MS Dhoni hitting the winning six of the World Cup2011 will forever remain etched in the minds of Indian fans. It was a heartwarming moment for everyone as master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s dream of lifting the cup was also realized on this day.
5. India Winning the 2007 Inaugural World T20 Cup
Under the astute captaincy of MS Dhoni, India was able to defeat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs and thus win the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 at Wanderers Stadium, South Africa. During this match, the world was able to see, for the very first time, the all-round capabilities and sheer brilliance of our cricketers in the shortest format of the game.
6. Sachin’s Farewell Speech
How can any fan forget the most heart-wrenching moment in Indian cricket – watching their demi-god retiring after a long and successful journey? Sachin Tendulkar often referred to as the God of Cricket, was retiring and it was a nostalgic moment for all the players and for his fans. When Sachin was walking out of the field for the final time at the Wankhede, he gave an emotional speech. While giving his farewell speech the legend was in tears and also made everyone listening to him swell up in an uncontrollable manner.
7. MS Dhoni in Tears After Getting Knocked Out in The World Cup 2015 Semi-final
The men in blue were knocked out in the semi-final of World Cup 2015 in Australia. The players tried their best to reach the semi-final after some superb performances in the group stage. After the match, Indian captain MS Dhoni was in tears as he couldn’t control his emotions and tears rolled down his cheeks.