In a nerve-wracking final, India triumphs and lifts the T20 World Cup after 17 years

Rohit Sharma

India’s cricket fans rejoiced as the national team clinched the T20 World Cup title after an intense battle against South Africa in Barbados. The high-scoring thriller unfolded on June 29, 2024, and it was a momentous occasion for Indian cricket.

After a gap of 11 years, India finally laid their hands on an ICC trophy. The last time they achieved this feat was when MS Dhoni lifted the Champions Trophy in 2013. This victory marked the end of a prolonged drought for Indian cricket.

India’s trophy drought ends with T20 World Cup win

Virat Kohli, who had struggled with the bat earlier in the tournament, chose the grand final to shine. His composed innings of 76 off 59 balls anchored India’s batting effort. It was a timely redemption for the star batter, who had faced criticism for his lack of form.

Rohit Sharma, the hero of India’s wins against England and Australia, had an uncharacteristic off-day. He was dismissed early, scoring just 9 runs. However, his leadership and tactical decisions played a crucial role throughout the tournament.

Kohli’s timing and precision were impeccable. He danced down the track to hit boundaries, showcasing the aggressive side that had been missing earlier. His 76-run knock was a turning point in the match.

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The Proteas needed 30 runs off 30 deliveries, but India’s bowlers tightened the screws. Heinrich Klaasen’s wicket swung the game in India’s favour, and they eventually won by 7 runs.

India’s fast bowlers played a pivotal role in securing the win. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Arshdeep Singh combined forces to defend a total of 176 runs. Their fiery spells and nerve-wracking deliveries kept the South African batsmen on their toes.

In a heartwarming moment, Hardik Pandya emerged as India’s hero in the final over. With 16 runs to defend, he held his nerve and successfully thwarted South Africa’s desperate attempts to snatch victory. Tears welled up in his eyes as India scraped past the finish line.

In the end, captain Rohit Sharma lifted the T20 World Cup trophy, sparking celebrations across the nation. India’s long-awaited ICC crown was a testament to their resilience, teamwork, and unwavering spirit. Cricket fans will cherish this victory for years to come.