ODI World Cup 2023: Team India is in the finals of the ODI World Cup 2023. Rohit Sharma and his men performed brilliantly in the semi-final one match which was played yesterday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai against New Zealand.
The men in blue side have won ten in ten matches played in this tournament till now.
But now the real task for India is to win that last match, the final of this year’s ODI World Cup 2023. As we all know the men in blue side haven’t won an ICC event since 2013.
Now it is the best chance for Rohit Sharma and his men to end that 10 year wait at Shri Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, 19th November 2023
India will play its fourth final in the history of the ODI World Cup tournament on Sunday. Before yesterday, the men in blue side have reached 3 finals and won two of them.
Today we will reveal those years and results of those matches of the men in blue side in the finals of ICC events of the fifty overs format –
The men in blue side had reached their first final in the year of 1983. India went to play that ODI World Cup in England under Kapil Dev. No one thought that this team under Kapil would do the unthinkable.
Even the Indian fans, supporters and the board (BCCI) didn’t back the team of that campaign.
But it was Kapil Dev who kept his belief despite all the odds against him and the whole Indian team. India defeated the giant West Indies twice in that tournament.
They also won those matches against Zimbabwe, where Dev scored an unbeaten 175 runs, England in the semifinals and defended a lowish score of 183 runs against a mighty batting lineup of the West Indies in the finals at Lords Cricket Ground.
India is the only team to defend that low score in the finals of an ODI World Cup.
After winning their maiden ICC trophy in the 1983 ODI World Cup, Team India didn’t do that well in this ICC mega event of the one-day international format.
Under Sourav Ganguly, India reached its second final of the ODI World Cup in 2003. That whole event was played in South Africa. India had lost just two matches in that campaign.
Both the losses came against the Mighty Aussies. That team was led by Ricky Pointing. In their second match of the league stage of that event, India lost to Australia by nine wickets.
Dada and co faced the Aussies again in the finals of that year’s event. Australia won that game which was a one-sided affair.
The Aussie skipper, Punter scored unbeaten 140 runs which still remains the highest score by a captain in the final of an ODI World Cup tournament.
Australia won that match by 125 runs. Before facing Australia in the finals, India had won their matches against Pakistan, England, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Namibia.
The ODI World Cup in 2007 was a shocking one to digest for the Indian fans. That team under Rahul Dravid and coached by Greg Chappell had an early exit from that tournament.
India lost against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. So there was a lot of pressure on India to win the next World Cup. Before the 2011 ODI World Cup, India had won the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa under Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The fans wanted to see whether Mahi Bhai could do the same in the ODI World Cup of 2011 as well. MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh were instrumental in India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup which was hosted by Team India.
The men in blue side reached their third final that year and won it against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The men in blue side had reached the semi-finals in the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups. But they couldn’t reach the final and lift the trophy. Now India has reached their fourth final in the ODI World Cup 2023.
The host country of this year’s ICC mega event of the fifty-overs format has been on a roll.
India has won all the ten matches played till now. They have a 100 per cent record in this year’s event. India won the semi-final one against New Zealand yesterday in Mumbai.
Virat Kohli scored his 50th ODI century and went past Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul also contributed excellently when India piled up the highest score against New Zealand in the fifty overs format.
India had an off day on the field with the ball in hand. They dropped catches and their misfielding allowed the Kiwis to make a comeback and they also threatened to chase that score of 398 runs.
But it was Mohammed Shami once again who stood up tall and bagged seven wickets which allowed India to win that match by 70 runs and progress to the finals of this year’s ODI World Cup 2023.