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The Indian cricket team deserves the title of ‘favourite’.

The Indian cricket team deserves the title of 'favourite'.
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India’s ICC tournament drought ended on a high note in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday. The Men in Blue won the ICC T20 World Cup for the first time since the Champions Trophy in Birmingham, England, in 2013. Outsider teams, such as ‘Kapil Dev’ in the 1983 ODI World Cup and M.S. Dhoni’s team in the 2007 ICC World T20, have astonished the world.

Every Indian squad enters a multi-team cricket event as a favourite, with high expectations from a large fan base and diaspora seeking identity.

India struggled to defeat Australia in the 2023 ODI World Cup, despite being in good form. Rohit Sharma’s team defeated a struggling South African team by seven runs in the West Indian islands, providing much-needed catharsis. Virat Kohli scored an impressive 76 despite losing wickets in the end. Axar Patel and Hardik Pandya proved their worth, while Suryakumar Yadav made a spectacular catch as South Africa was on the verge of victory. Rohit led astutely, while Jasprit Bumrah bowled thunderbolts that left South Africans stunned.

Aiden Markram’s men were defeated at the final hurdle, recognising Bumrah and his team’s superiority.

Arshdeep Singh, a young seamer, showed maturity as Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller endangered the game. South Africa has yet to win any significant ICC trophies, but their men have certainly captured hearts.

India faced challenges, and Markram may have won the cup with a few adjustments. The retirement of Rohit Sharma, Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja from T20Is marks the end of an era for India. Coach Rahul Dravid, who retired, will also be missed.

Following the Indian Premier League’s run-fests on flat pitches, the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States required a different approach. The 22-yard pitches, drop-in deliveries, and abrasive surfaces did not allow for the big sixes associated with T20Is, despite the fact that some batters, such as Rohit Sharma against Australia, performed differently. The fairytale of the title was Afghanistan’s fight to the end. Despite facing the Taliban, men who learned cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan remained strong, and sport ultimately triumphed.

 

 

 

ABHISHEK VERMA


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