From there India fought and won the World Cup in what could be called as the ultimate triumph of the underdog.
We were the underdog for the 2007 T20 World Cup too. All our seniors were rested. We had a new captain. India was one of the last countries to adopt the T20 format and most countries already had domestic leagues in place.
We tied with Pakistan and lost to New Zealand in the leagues. In the last league match South Africa could have knocked us out of the tournament but we prevailed. From there on it was one of our greatest triumphs ever.
By Sunil Rajguru
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