India is nearing a historic milestone in One Day International cricket. Their upcoming ODI versus Australia will be a 1,000th ODI match for an Indian cricketing team. For over 50 years, India has competed at a highest level in the ODIs, which have provided fans with some of a most dramatic as well as memorable matches in a cricket history. As India approaches this landmark 1,000th match. As per latest sports news on cricket
, here is the look back at a 10 of a most significant as well as unforgettable ODI matches for the Team India over a years:
1983 World Cup Final
This match is etched in cricketing folklore as the one that transformed how India played ODI cricket. Facing the mighty West Indies at Lord’s in the 1983 World Cup final, India pulled off one of the biggest upsets in cricket history. Batting first, India scraped together just 183 runs as Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding skittled their batting line-up. In response, India’s unheralded and inexperienced bowlers somehow managed to bowl out a star-studded West Indies team for 140 to claim India’s first ever World Cup title.
1985 World Championship
Two years after their 1983 World Cup triumph, India again got the better of the mighty West Indies in a big ODI tournament final. This time in Australia at the World Championship of Cricket, India chased down West Indies’ total of 245 with ease as a young Ravi Shastri hit 63 and was named Player of the Match in India’s 8 wicket win. India had defeated Pakistan in the earlier semi-final, and this tournament marked another major ODI achievement in just the first decade of India’s ODI journey.
1987 World Cup Semi-Final
This heart-stopping tie against England at the World Cup in India will always be remembered for the dramatic last over finish. Chasing England’s 254/6, India looked down and out at 218/9. But somehow tailenders Manoj Prabhakar and Roger Binny took India to the brink, needing just 4 runs from the last over with two wickets in hand. Nerves were strained as Binny got run out trying to score the game-winning run off the second to last ball. But Prabhakar held his nerve and struck a boundary on the very last ball to sensationally put India into the World Cup final.
Hero Cup Semi-Final 1993
This memorable match again involved dramatic late drama for India against South Africa in Kolkata. South Africa were chasing just 195 for victory, but collapsed from 155/3 to lose their last 7 wickets for just 29 runs. India’s comeback was led by Sachin Tendulkar’s magical spell of leg-spin, including the prized scalps of Allan Donald and Hansie Cronje. South Africa lost their nerve in the tense run chase and India pulled off an unlikely win on home soil.
1996 World Cup Semi-Final
Sachin Tendulkar played one of the greatest ODI innings of all time on cricket’s biggest stage against a formidable Australian team at the 1996 World Cup. Batting second in the semi-final chase of 258, Tendulkar unleashed a breath-taking array of shots en route to a majestic 137. He took on the fiery Aussie quicks Glenn McGrath and Damien Fleming with disdain in an innings that is regarded as his finest ODI masterpiece.
2001 Test win after follow-on
This famous test match victory against Australia will forever be etched in Indian cricket folklore, but the one-day series that followed immediately after created its own piece of history. After the emotion and exhaustion of becoming just the third team in history to win a Test after following on, India faced Australia in a 7-match ODI series straight after. Defying expectations, India stunned the world by defeating the all-conquering Australians 3-2 in the ODI series, with some inspirational performances from Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan and Nehra.
2002 Natwest Trophy Final
In England’s backyard at the Lord’s final of the Natwest Trophy, India pulled off a remarkable heist to lift the trophy. England had posted a mammoth 325/5, powered by Marcus Trescothick’s 123. India were faltering at 146/5 in the run chase, when Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif staged an astonishing fightback with a 121-run stand.
2011 World Cup Final
Playing at home in a passionate Indian atmosphere at a packed Wankhede Stadium, India ended their long wait for a second World Cup title in dramatic fashion. This was Sachin Tendulkar’s final World Cup and the nation watched in hope. India opted to bat first and posted a decent 274/4, before Zaheer Khan’s early strikes left Sri Lanka reeling at 31/2.
2013 Champions Trophy Final
In a rain-reduced 20 over final, India faced England who batted first and scored 124/8 on a difficult pitch. In reply, Shikhar Dhawan led India’s charge with an audacious 63 from just 65 balls on tricky conditions. With his moustache twirling and bat blazing, Dhawan took the attack to England’s bowlers. He was well supported by Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 43 as India romped to the target in just 17.1 overs to lift the Champions Trophy.
2015 World Cup Semi-Final
India faced a red-hot Australian team in the 2015 World Cup semi-final at the SCG, packed with a majority Aussie crowd. India batted first and posted 328/7 thanks to a regal 109 from Rohit Sharma. In response, the Aussies looked on course for victory with Steve Smith hitting a belligerent century. But some late impetus from James Faulkner saw Australia need just 14 runs from the last over. With all the odds against him, Dhoni turned to little-known spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who had never bowled in the death overs before.
As India approaches their historic 1,000th ODI, these ten matches represent some of the most memorable moments that have made India’s journey in ODI cricket so remarkable. From World Cup glories to unlikely fightbacks, from batting masterclasses to bowlers holding their nerve, these matches have contributed to the legend of India’s ODI team. According to world cricket latest news
, the new era dawns with the 1,000th match milestone, here’s hoping there are many more magical memories to come for Indian ODI cricket.