India lifted the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 after famously outlasting Pakistan by 5 runs in a nail-biting final.
All-rounder Irfan Pathan and then newbie RP Singh took 3 wickets a piece as Pakistan succumbed to 152, chasing India’s 157 for 5.
Misbah ul Haq threatened to steal victory from within India’s grasp right at at the death with four sixes in his 43 but Joginder Sharma had him caught trying to scoop a ball over fine leg with 3 balls to go.
Recalling the memorable victory veteran India batsman Robin Uthappa revealed that was unable to sleep for three days after the triumph.
“After winning the World Cup, I did not sleep for three days straight. It didn’t really hit us initially; we were just ecstatic that we beat Pakistan in the finals,” Uthappa said during the Royals Podcast hosted by Ish Sodhi.
“The enormity of it hit us when we landed in India. The reception we received was massive, I mean Bombay doesn’t stop for anyone, that day the entire city came to a standstill and moved only in the direction our bus was moving. Bizarrely we went through all of the Indian weather in that one day,” he added.
The right-handed opening batsman was also proud to play a role in India’s victory during an event of that stature.
“Simply because it makes you feel proud that you made a difference and added value to your team at that point in time to win a world championship. You have played your part and everybody has to play their part to win a World Cup,” the 34-year old concluded.