It was the perfect icing on the cake, yes, here we are talking about the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup in 2007 that was historic in many ways and the India vs Pakistan final that went right down the wire.
“In the air… Sreesanth takes it. India win”, these words from Ravi Shastri in the commentary box are etched in the memories of millions of Indian cricket fans.
It gave India it’s first ICC title after the 1983 triumph and not only this but it also in a way put relief on the wounds from the group stage exit of the 2007 ODI World Cup.
It was Sreesanth who took the catch to crush’s Pakistan’s hope when Pakistan needed 6 to win off 4 balls with just one wicket remaining when Misbah-ul-Haq tried to scoop a slow one from Joginder Sharma for a boundary, and India won the T20I inaugural World Cup, giving Pakistan an unforgettable defeat by 5 runs.
Indian batsman Robin Uthappa, who was a part of the team that lifted the trophy in 2007, recalled that special catch from Sreesnath on BBC’s dusra podcast.
“At the beginning of the over, I was at long-on.
I remember Jogi bowling a wide on the first boll and i was like ‘man!’ I was praying.
Every ball, from 15 over onwards, I was just praying ‘just get us through’. he said recalling the last moments of the match.
“He bowled a wide first ball, and I was like ‘okay, let it not go for a six now’. Then he got hit for a six. And I was like ‘come on, we can still do this’. Even in that situation, Pakistan had all the momentum going their way, I was backing our team”. added Uthappa.
He further added, “Misbah hit a scoop shot, and I saw it going pretty high. I notice 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 time, within the team, he was known for dropping the catches, especially the easiest ones. I have seen him drop absolute sitters.”
He went on by saying, “As soon as I saw Sreesanth, I started running to the wickets, and I started praying ‘please god, let him hold on to this one.’ If you look at him taking the catch, you can see that the when the ball actually entered his hands, he is looking up there (laughs). So, I truly believe it was nothing but destiny who won us that World Cup.”