The inaugural edition of T20 World Cup was indeed a special moment in Indian cricket as it gave an opportunity to a relatively young side to show their worth on a global platform. The MS Dhoni-led side exhibited a tremendous show and ended up winning the tournament.
The ‘Men in Blue’ performed against all the odds and made it to the final of the mega showpiece event by crushing the mighty teams like South Africa and Australia, who were deemed as favourites to win the 2007 T20 World Cup.
India met arch-rivals Pakistan in the summit clash and just like the group stage match, it turned out to be a nail-biting contest. However, India continued its winning momentum in ICC events and registered a thrilling 5-run victory.
Lots of heroes played their part in the Indian side, including former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh. The Chandigarh-born cricketer was the star of that campaign. No one can forget his outstanding performances against England and Australia.
Recalling the iconic event, Yuvi named the most important knock of the tournament. While speaking to Sportskeeda, Yuvraj said that Gautam Gambhir had an outstanding final along with Irfan Pathan. However, Yuvraj also reckoned that everyone talks about him or Gambhir, but nobody remembers that Rohit Sharma scored 30* off 16 balls in the final, which actually got India to 157.
The former Punjab cricketer named Rohit’s knock in the final as the most vital knock of the tournament. Yuvraj said that Irfan took three wickets and was honoured as the ‘Man of the Match’ but Rohit’s inning was also extremely special.
“Everyone talks about myself or Gautam, but nobody remembers that Rohit scored 36 off 18 or 20 balls in the final, which actually got us to 160. That was the most important knock of the tournament. Irfan took three wickets and was the Man of the Match, but I think Rohit’s inning was very special in the finals,” the 39-year-old said.
“I missed the South Africa game because of tennis elbow. Rohit debuted in that game. Rohit got a fifty in that game, and you could see a young talented guy come on the scene.”
“It was just that the natural talent had been put on to the World stage. Guys like Robin Uthappa, who would have played a bit before that. Rohit’s first tournament, he had just come in the side, hadn’t played much cricket,” added Yuvraj.