“In the air… Sreesanth takes it. India win!” These phrases from Ravi Shastri within the commentary field are etched within the reminiscences of tens of millions of Indian cricket followers. It not solely gave India their first world title after the 1983 triumph but additionally in a means put balm on the injuries of a bunch stage exit from the 2007 ODI World Cup barely a couple of months in the past. The inaugural version of T20 World Cup in 2007 was historic in some ways and the India vs Pakistan closing, which went proper down the wire, acted as the right icing on the cake.
Pakistan wanted 6 to win off four balls with only one wicket remaining when Misbah-ul-Haq tried to scoop a sluggish one from Joginder Sharma for a boundary. But Sreesanth took the catch to crush Pakistan’s hopes, and India won the inaugural T20I World Cup, beating Pakistan by 5 runs.
Speaking on BBC’s Doosra Podcast, India batsman Robin Uthappa, who was part of the workforce that lifted the trophy in 2007, recalled that particular catch from Sreesanth.
“At the start of the over, I was at lengthy-on. I bear in mind Jogi bowling a large on the primary ball and I was like ‘man!’ I was praying. Every ball, from 15th over onwards, I was simply praying ‘just get us through’.
“He bowled a large first ball, and I was like ‘okay, let it not go for a six now’. Then he received hit for a six. And I was like, ‘come on, we can still do this’. Even in that scenario, Pakistan had all of the momentum going their means, I was backing our workforce,” Uthappa mentioned.
“Misbah hit a scoop shot, and I saw it going pretty high. I noticed that it wasn’t going really far. Then I saw who the fielder at short fine-leg was, and I saw it was Sreesanth. By that point, within the team, he was known for dropping catches, especially the easiest ones. I have seen him drop absolute sitters,” Uthappa additional mentioned.
He went on: “As soon as I saw Sreesanth, I started running towards the wickets, and I started praying ‘please god, let him hold on to this one’. If you look at him taking that catch, you can see that when the ball actually entered his hands, he is looking up there (laughs). So, I still truly believe it was nothing but destiny that won us that World Cup,” he added.