It is undeniable the popularity of cricket in India is massive. As a matter of fact, cricket matches in India is one of the most-awaited events in the country. Aside from Indian cricketers showing their skills on the field, here are some of the most unforgettable cricket moments in history:
Unforgettable Moment # 1
Sourav Ganguly took his shirt off on the balcony of Lords and happily swings it around when they won during the NatWest Trophy in 2002 against England. The reason for this is to get back at Andrew Flintoff who did the same thing after winning against India during their previous match.
Unforgettable Moment # 2
All of the spectators were cheering so loud when Yuvraj Singh scored six sixes against Stuart Broad during the T20 World Cup in 2007 at Kingsmead in Durban. After 18 overs, India won the match with a solid 171-3 with the help of Yuvraj and MS Dhoni.
Unforgettable Moment # 3
Sachin Tendulkar was carried around the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai when he chased down the scores and won a solid 274-6 with 10 balls to spare against Sri Lanka during the 2011 World Cup.
‘Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders’, Virat Kohli said.
Tendulkar is the first batsman to complete 10,000 ODI runs in 259 innings and is the second greatest ODI batsman of all time just behind Viv Richards.
Unforgettable Moment # 4
Abbas Ali Baig was the first Indian cricketer to be kissed during a Test. After scoring 50 runs, Baig walked to the pavilion together with Ramnath Kenny when a girl came running and kissed him on the cheeks.
Unforgettable Moment # 5
India is the first country to win during a World Cup in their home ground in 2011. The squad defeated Sri Lanka by taking six more wickets at Wankhede Stadium. At that time, the crowd were so loud to the point that the umpires need to toss the coin again because they did not hear Kumar Sangakkara’s call, Sri Lanka’s captain.
Unforgettable Moment # 6
In 1987, Chetan Sharma did the first World Cup hat-trick in a match against New Zealand. The match ended with India winning nine wickets.
Unforgettable Moment # 7
MS Dhoni was the first international captain to win all three ICC trophies. With his captaincy, the squad won during the T20 World Cup in 2007, World Cup in 2011, and Champions Trophy in 2013.
Unforgettable Moment # 8
Rohit Sharma made a noise in the cricket scene when he scored three double centuries during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in 2017. Believe it or not, Sharma scored 264 runs in one match alone!
Well, mentioned are just some of the iconic moments in the history of cricket. As a matter of fact, there are hundreds of memorable moments as cricketers continuously show off their outstanding skills on the field.