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Most memorable cricketing moments for every Indian fan

Every Indian fan remembers these ten moments of brilliance from the last two decades

Cricket has always been a numbers-based sport. Individuals light up the cricket arena with their incredible performances, allowing viewers and statisticians to collect additional data. There are certain records that appear to be unbreakable. However, there are those champions who put on shows that make the entire cricket community sit up and applaud.In the previous two decades, Indian cricket has been blessed with the presence of some all-time greats. An Indian cricket fan has seen it all, whether it’s hundreds, wickets, or milestones. However, there were a few magical moments that will be remembered for decades to come. These instances will motivate the next generation to pursue perfection.

Virat Kohli has become the fastest player in ODI history to score 10,000 runs.

In recent Indian cricket history, there is no list that does not include Virat Kohli. Statisticians and analysts will have their work cut out for them when he comes in to bat, as he continues to break records at the speed of light.Virat Kohli had 9779 runs as India began the ongoing ODI series against the West Indies, but he still needed 221 runs to break the 10,000-run mark. West Indies batted brilliantly in the opening ODI, setting a challenging score of 323 to chase. Early in the innings, the hosts lost Dhawan, and Kohli and Rohit Sharma began to solidify the innings. Virat Kohli was aggressive from the outset, scoring 50 in 34 balls. He was on a roll and got his 100 out of 88 balls. He eventually scored 140 off 107 balls, becoming the fastest player to score 36 ODI hundreds.When he hit the ball to long-on for a single, it was a historic moment. Virat was on 81 and had scored 10,000 runs in 205 innings, 54 innings faster than the next best player, Tendulkar. He scored his 37th ODI century, making him the only batter in history to record three consecutive hundreds against two different teams. Virat’s 157 gave India much to cheer about, even though the match ended in a tie. This song sent Twitter users into a frenzy, with tweets flooding in from all directions. Kohli was dubbed the “Goat of All Time” by Michael Vaughan.

The Carlos Brathwaite affair, 2016

This incident occurred during the 2016 Cricket World Cup, and it is still remembered today. With only two balls remaining in a quarterfinal match, the West Indies were trailing England by four runs. Carlos Brathwaite, on the other hand, managed to hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes’ bowling to win the match. It was a shocking event in cricket history that is still remembered today. It must have been difficult to take your gaze away from the game for this one! In between innings, the fans had to be doing everything they could to keep their energy levels up! When you’re looking for something to do in between innings to keep your adrenaline pumping, try this.

WT20 2007 Final: India vs. Pakistan

This match was the 2007 World Twenty20 final, and it was a thrilling affair. India won the toss and batted first, scoring 158 runs. Pakistan next came out to bat and scored 159 runs, putting the match into Super Over. Both teams were able to score six runs in the Super Over, indicating that India had won the match. This was a thrilling final, and cricket fans all across the world will remember it.

Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets haul in one innings against Pakistan

In 1999, after a ten-year hiatus, India and Pakistan played a Test series. Cricket was considered as a unifier in the middle of the two countries’ political upheaval. After Sachin Tendulkar’s 136-ball masterclass, India was defeated by 12 runs in Chennai. When the focus turned to Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi. India won the toss and batted first, scoring a respectable 252 runs. Pakistan was dismissed for 172, giving India a comfortable 80-run advantage. In their second innings, India batted well to score 339, prompting Pakistan to urge them to chase an unattainable 420 on a deteriorating pitch. With Saeed Anwar and Shahid Afridi putting on 101 runs for the first wicket, Pakistan got off to a flying start. Anil Kumble’s arrival sparked a dramatic reversal in the hosts’ fortunes, as he bowled Shahid Afridi and Ijaz Ahmed off successive deliveries. Inzamam and Yousuf were then accounted for in a three-ball space. Next to die were Moin Khan and Saeed Anwar. Even though Salim Malik fought back for a while, he became Kumble’s seventh victim. In successive balls, Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq were befuddled. Despite Waqar Younis’ best efforts to slog Javagal Srinath and deny Kumble a ten-wicket haul, fate had other ideas. Wasim Akram was caught at forward short leg by VVS Laxman, giving Kumble his tenth wicket, which he refers to as the “Perfect 10.”India won the match by 212 runs and it was time for a celebration. Anil Kumble, who was already a star, was given a hero’s welcome in his hometown, Bengaluru. One of the streets near Bengaluru’s famous MG Road was named “Anil Kumble Circle”. He even received a car from KSCA which had the number “KA-10 N 10” as a gift.History was made in Indian cricket and even though Kumble’s 10-74 came second to Jim Laker’s 10-53, every Indian cricket fan has a smile on his face when people talk about this sensational spell from Kumble. The fact that the feat was achieved against Pakistan, made the achievement even more special.

ICC 360 – Lance Klusener’s Six

This happened during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The match was between South Africa and India, and it was a semifinal. Lance Klusener was hitting eighth at the time, and he needed to lead the club to victory. Klusener smashed a six off India’s Javagal Srinath with six balls remaining and two runs needed to win. This is a moment that cricket fans all across the world remember, and it is unquestionably one that every fan remembers.

VVS Laxman scoring 281 versus Australia in Kolkata

India scored a mammoth 657, giving Australia an improbable target of 384, thanks to his superhuman effort and Dravid’s support. Harbhajan Singh wove a web around the Australians, and Sachin Tendulkar chipped in with three wickets. The Australians were defeated by 171 runs. India went on to win the next match as well, completing a 2-1 series victory. The fulcrum of an Indian comeback was Laxman’s 281-run innings. Many years have passed, and many people have made triple hundreds for India, but an honest Indian fan will never forget this man’s extraordinary innings against a world-class team in severe hardship.

Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes in one over of Stuart Broad

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh made history in the shortest format by blasting six sixes in an over against England in the first-ever T20I World Cup in 2007 in South Africa, bringing India’s total beyond the 200-run barrier. In Stuart Broad’s over, the flamboyant batsman hit six sixes and scored his fifty in just 12 balls, the fastest in T20 history. The Men in Blue had won the toss and decided to bat first in that match between India and England.

Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first batsman to score 200 in ODI history

Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer in history to score 200 runs in an ODI match. In a day-night encounter in Gwalior in 2010, he achieved the coveted milestone against the South African cricket team. In the second ODI of the home series, the Master Blaster had attained this incredible milestone. The record-breaking innings, which lasted 147 balls, featured 25 boundaries and three maximums.The Proteas were bowled out for 248 runs in response to India’s massive total of 401 runs, giving the hosts a comfortable 153-run victory.

Sachin Tendulkar reaching the record milestone of 100 international hundreds

On March 16, 2012, Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international century against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. On March 16, a remarkable achievement was added to that list, and it will go down in history as a record that will stand alone in the sands of time, much like Sir Don Bradman’s Test average of 99.94. ‘A hundred international hundreds,’ whisper it, or say it out, and be astonished by the abrupt intake of breath as the words linger.

Rohit Sharma’s 264-run innings against Sri Lanka

Rohit was making his comeback into the Indian team in a series against Sri Lanka in 2014, after recuperating from an injury. The fourth ODI in Kolkata looked insignificant after India had already clinched the series Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first on a good wicket. Rohit Sharma started his innings nervously and was dropped on 4 by Thisara Perera. Little did the Islander knew that it would prove to be one of the costliest drops in cricketing history. Rohit motored along well and scored his century at run a ball. What followed after this, was absolute carnage which was hard to digest for the hapless Lankans. Rohit suddenly switched over to 7th gear and started decimating the Lankan bowling from the 30th over. He scored 14 runs off 4 balls in that over and announced his intentions. Once Rohit got on a roll, he was unstoppable and the ball, more often than not, was smacked from the sweet spot of his bat.The last 164 runs were scored off a mere 73 balls, and when he was finally dismissed, he had broken several records. He had the highest number of boundaries and the highest boundary percentage. It included 33 hits to the fence and 11 over it. India scored 404, and Rohit, after massacring the Lankan attack, ended up with 264.Sri Lankans, who were dented psychologically, combined to manage just 257. Rohit Sharma, at that point in time, became the only batsman to score 2 double hundreds in ODI cricket, something, he would change in 3 years time when he scored 208 against the same opposition in almost a similar manner.