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Each World Cup editions,India has one memorable victory.

by Navyatha Sandiri
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The Cricket World Cup is a huge event that occurs every four years. India had competed in all 11 previous World Cup editions, winning the trophy on two occasions, in 1983 and 2011.

With the exception of Bangladesh, Asian teams have all won the World Cup at least once. Only Australia had won the Cup a record five times among the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia).

Let us take a look at Team India’s one unforgettable victory in each World Cup edition in this post.

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India vs West Indies finals at Lord’s in world cup 1983

Team India stunned everyone by reaching the World Cup final in 1983. The final pitted the West Indies against the two-time champions. To make history, the Indians needed a final push.

Jimmy Amarnath, on the other hand, used his magic with the ball to account for both Dujon and Marshall for India. The world came to a stop when Amarnath trapped Michael Holding’s last wicket in front of the wickets, giving India its first World Cup victory.

World Cup 1987, India vs. New Zealand, Nagpur

This was the final group match of the 1987 Reliance World Cup. India had already advanced to the semi-finals, while New Zealand had been eliminated. India, on the other hand, had a lower run rate than Australia.

New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe won the toss and chose to bat first, making India’s work easier. To keep Pakistan at bay, India might now go for the target in a set number of overs. But, in order for that to happen, India has to first set an acceptable aim for New Zealand.

India vs Pakistan at Sydney in world cup 1992

Both India and Pakistan were on the verge of elimination when they met in the World Cup in Sydney in 1993. India batted first and reached 217 for 7 thanks to contributions from Ajay Jadeja (46), Sachin Tendulkar (54) and Kapil Dev (35).

When India’s opening bowlers, Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar, each took a wicket, the team was off to a great start. Pakistan, on the other hand, had Aamer Sohail and veteran Javed Miandad to get them to 100 for 2. That’s when Sachin Tendulkar, the Man with the Golden Arm, produced an uppish drive from Sohail, which Srikkanth snagged.

India vs Pakistan quarterfinals at Banglore in 1996

Pakistan was given a major blow just before the start of the match when captain and star spinner Wasim Akram had to withdraw at the last minute due to a niggle. In that important do-or-die quarterfinal, Aamer Sohail captained the then-defending champion Pakistan.

In the 1999 World Cup, India vs England in Birmingham.

Everyone was led to assume that England was almost through to the Super Sixes, whatever of the outcome of their match against India, before this match began. India was having difficulty progressing to the following round of the event.

India was given the opportunity to bat first by England. The top six batters for India contributed, with Rahul Dravid reaching a fifty and Ganguly scoring 40. On a bowler-friendly track, India scored a respectable 232.

India vs England match at Durban in World Cup 2003

For both sides, this was another vital World Cup 2003 encounter. India produced a solid score of 250 after deciding to bat, thanks to contributions from Rahul Dravid (62), Sachin Tendulkar (50), and Yuvraj Singh (42). On a seamer-friendly Durban pitch, it was now up to the Indian bowlers to go for broke.

England’s innings got off to a bad start as Nick Knight was run out in the opening ball by Mohammad Kaif. Trescothick, the other opener, was dealt with by Zaheer Khan. In 15 overs, England struggled to 50 for 2. In the 13th over of the innings, Ashish Nehra was introduced into the assault.

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India vs Sri Lanka, final at Mumbai in 2011 world Cup

The co-hosts, India and Sri Lanka, were paired against one other in the World Cup 2011 final. For the first time in the competition, the Sri Lankans left the country to meet the other host India at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The toss caused some misunderstanding at the opening of the game. Sangakkara won the toss again and chose to bat. Zaheer got the game underway with three consecutive maidens. In Zaheer Khan’s fourth over, Tharanga was caught by Sehwag. Zaheer’s first term ended with figures of 5-3-6-1. This was in stark contrast to his performance in the World Cup final of 2003, when he gave up 30 runs in his first three overs.

India vs Zimbabwe match held at Auckland in 2015 World Cup

In the World Cup 2015 league stages, India defeated every opponent in sight, ensuring a berth in the quarter-finals before facing Zimbabwe in the last league match in Auckland.

India’s winning streak continued all the way to the semi-finals. India won their first seven matches in the 2015 World Cup before losing in the semi-finals against host Australia.

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