What if:India had lost the WT20 final

September 24, 2007 will always be remembered as a golden day in Indian Cricket history. On this very day, Sreesanth caught Misbah’s scoop shot to give India a memorable moment. On this day, India was crowned champion of inaugural T20 World Cup. This was the day when entire nation came out of their house to celebrate the nation’s biggest triumph since 1983.

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Its been nine years since that glorious day and yet that moment is still etched in the memory of every cricket fan. Here we look at some of the events which were transpired by that success and would not have been possible had Sreesanth dropped that catch.

 

  1. Indian Premiere League

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The world cup win of 2007 created an immense popularity of t20 format in India. Seeing such a great enthusiasm and popularity of the format, BCCI, in 2008, came up Indian Premiere League, a franchise based league, to take the sports to far corners of India. Since its inception, IPL has been huge success with the most recent season being viewed by over 335 million people worldwide. Besides, it has given rise to players like Ashwin, Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Shikhar Dhawan, etc. and has also helped in resurrecting the careers of many players. Although IPL does have fair share of controversy, it’s fair to say that nation would’ve been deprived of so much of talent had IPL not been created.

  1. India’s surge to World No.1 in Test

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One success brought the other as India climbed the Test ladder to become World No.1 for the first time in Test history in 2009. After World cup victory, India defeated teams like Pakistan, Australia, England, and South Africa with some superb cricket home and away. During that period, India were almost invincible and also broke many records like defeating Kiwis in NZ, Sehwag’s 319, etc. Many of the key players got their form back during WT20 and carried forward from there on. Had India not clinched that trophy, players like Sehwag and Gambhir, who were instrumental during these victories, might have disappeared from Indian cricket much sooner.

  1. India might not have won World Cup in 2011

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Team India not only won the WT20 in South Africa but in doing so gave rise to bunch of players who later in 2011 led India to another World Cup glory, this time in ODI, at our own backyard. Back in March, 2007 Indian team had very disastrous outing in Caribbean as they were knocked out of World Cup group stage by (then) minnows and neighbors Bangladesh. For the players like Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh WT20 wins turns out to career defining one, as the duo later went to star in India’ triumph in 2011. Yuvraj Singh, in particular, played best cricket of his life during both this World Cup and was also awarded Player of the tournament in 2011 edition.

  1. Rohit Sharma would not have scored double-centuries

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Rohit Sharma was the biggest find of India in WT20. The southpaw was instrumental with bat scoring quick fire runs down the order and, on field, stopping every ball coming his way. His Man of the Match performance against host nation was crucial in must win match for India. Since then he has never looked back. In 2013, he took it to next level as he scored his first double-ton, a 158 ball 209 against Australia in a series decider at Bengaluru. A year later, he bettered his own score by scoring majestic 264 of just 173 ball at Eden Gardens to become the highest runs scored in ODI.

  1. India might not have got Captain Cool

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After senior players decision to drop from the T20 world cup, Indian selectors appointed MS Dhoni as skipper of India. MS still in his early days responded to the faith shown in him by winning the tournament. Had India lost the final, Dhoni might not have continued as captain and remained as just another wicket-keeper batsman. Soon after WT20 triumph, MS Dhoni was appointed as the full time captain of India in all three formats. Under his leadership, India were successful like never before. Wins away from home against Kiwis, Proteas and Australia were recorded for the first time in many years. Till date, MS Dhoni is the only captain to have won every ICC trophy which includes WC 2011 as well as Champions Trophy 2013 triumphs.

 

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