It has been 10 years since MS Dhoni’s India beat Pakistan to win the 2007 ICC World T20. Yuvraj Singh, one of the stars of the tournament, feels that poor performances in the 2003 World Cup final and 2007 World Cup disaster was a catalyst for their renaissance.
“2003 and 2007 was an absolute nightmare, we were literally in hiding after that. After that, to come out victorious was special and that too in an India-Pakistan final, there cannot be a better way to win," he told DNA.
On the bus ride from Mumbai airport to Wankhede stadium, he told DNA, "When we landed in Mumbai, it was raining a little bit and lot of the guys thought that maybe no one will come out and receive us. We never expected the reception that we got in the streets. When we saw the people and the good wishes coming from all over the country did we realise the magnitude of what we had achieved."
Interestingly, Yuvraj says the qualifier match that India and Pakistan played was more thrilling than the final. "Both were thrilling, the final and the qualifier. I feel the qualifier match was a bit more exciting because it was a tie and it went to a bowl out and the guys who bowled for us were not regular bowlers so it was a more fun game. For me, it was a more fascinating game than the final,” he added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent