Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni-led India to their maiden T20 World Cup triumph on this day in 2007. India beat Pakistan by 5 runs to win the first edition of T20 World Cup in South Africa. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a throwback video of the great win. BCCI captioned the video, “This day, in 2007 #TeamIndia were crowned World T20 Champions.”
India scored 157/5 while batting first and former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir was the main architect of the Indian batting line-up. Gambhir scored 75 runs to help India post a competitive total.
For Pakistan, it was Misbah-ul-Haq who kept their dream alive despite wickets falling at the other end on regular intervals. To everyone’s surprise, MS Dhoni handed the ball to Joginder Sharma in the last over. Misbah mistimed a scoop shot that went to Sreesanth who took the match-winning catch to help India win the World Cup.
Four years later, MS Dhoni helped India win their second 50-over World Cup in 2011 followed by a Champions Trophy win in 2013. Dhoni took retirement from Test cricket in 2014 while his retirement from international cricket is still pending.