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Thursday July 25, 2024

T20 triumph may herald India’s dominance, say former players

By Reuters
July 01, 2024
Team India celebrates with the trophy after winning the ICC mens Twenty20 World Cup 2024 final cricket match, India vs South Africa, Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 29, 2024. — AFP
Team India celebrates with the trophy after winning the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 final cricket match, India vs South Africa, Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 29, 2024. — AFP

NEW DELHI: The era of India’s dominance in cricket may have kicked in with their spectacular triumph in the T20 World Cup on Saturday, according to several former players.

It was India’s first global title since winning the 2013 Champions Trophy, but their consistency in recent years was never in doubt. “I have a feeling that this is a breakout win for us,” former India opener Virender Sehwag wrote on X.

“For years, we have played well, been consistent in a range, consolidated but not able to get past the finish line,” he wrote. “With this win, I think we would be winning many ICC trophies consistently in the years to come.” “India are formidable - they have got all bases covered in all conditions,” Finn told the BBC. “This experience could see them go on to dominate now. It is an experience that will serve them very well.”

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly predicted “they will win many more” after the success in the Caribbean. Batting great Sachin Tendulkar said India’s overall fourth World Cup title in limited-overs cricket would be a major motivation for young talents in the country.

“Every star added to the Team India jersey inspires our nation’s starry-eyed children to move one step closer to their dreams. India gets the 4th star, our second in @T20WorldCup,” Tendulkar wrote on X. India’s domination in the 20-overs format will have to be under a new leadership, though.