Indian cricket witnessed many highs and lows in the decade (2010-2019) which is coming to an end. From the World Cup triumph at home in 2011 to the painful exit in the 2019 semis, and the historic Test series win Down Under to the disappointing Test series loss at home to England in 2012, Indian cricket has seen it all. In this feature, we focus on the positives and look back at ten memorable moments of Indian cricket in the decade.

World Cup comes ‘home’ after 28 years

When MS Dhoni lofted Nuwan Kulasekara into the stand at Wankhede, it ended a 28-year-old drought for India. After Kapil’s Devils, India finally had a new bunch of players they could call World Champions. Gautam Gambhir (97), and skipper Dhoni (91 not out) were the key contributors in India’s glorious win. With the triumph, India became the first home team to lift the World Cup, a tradition continued by Australia and England in the subsequent editions.

Champion of Champions Trophy

When Dhoni won the Champions Trophy in 2013, he created history by becoming the first international captain to lift all three ICC trophies. He had already captured the World T20 in 2007, and the World Cup in 2011. India defeated hosts England by five runs in a low-scoring encounter. Ravindra Jadeja was man of the final (33 not out from 25 balls, and 2 for 24). The tournament saw the emergence of Shikhar Dhawan, who was player of the series for his 363 runs.

History Down Under

With the rain-hit draw at Sydney in the New Year Test, India created history, registering their first-ever Test series win in Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara made a marathon 193 in the game, but it was his efforts at Adelaide (123 & 71) and Melbourne (106) that were more crucial. Jasprit Bumrah also played a major role with six wickets at Adelaide, and nine at Melbourne as a weak Australia succumbed.

End of the Sachin era

After 24 years in the international arena, Sachin Tendulkar retired from the game on November 16, 2013. It was a perfectly organized farewell, at his home ground — the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Tendulkar finished with exactly 200 Tests and innumerable records. He scored a fluent 74 in his last innings — a hundred would have been a bit too perfect! India won the match against West Indies by an innings and 126 runs. Tendulkar began his retirement speech with, “My life, between 22 yards for 24 years…” and the crowd went berserk as Sachin, Sachin chants reverberated one last time.

‘Tons’ of runs for Rohit Sharma

The 2019 World Cup for India will be remembered for the batting meltdown against New Zealand in the semis. Which is sad, because Rohit Sharma batted incredibly well in the tournament. His tally of 648 runs saw him put together a sequence of three tons in a row, and five in total — a World Cup record. Unfortunately, he managed only 1 in the semis against New Zealand, as India bowed out in unexpected fashion.

Lord of Lord’s, again

Against all expectations, India got the better of England on a green top at Lord’s in the 2014 Test. Ajinkya Rahane scored one of India’s finest overseas hundreds on an opening day. His 103 took India to a competitive 295. Ishant Sharma then bounced out England with 7 for 74 in the second innings as India defended a target of 319 at the same venue where they won the 1983 World Cup and the 2002 Natwest Trophy. Bumrah’s magic at Johannesburg

Down 0-2 in the Tests against South Africa in 2018, India were seeking some inspiration. Things got worse as they crumbled to 187 in the first innings at Johannesburg. Jasprit Bumrah, however, announced himself on the Test stage with 5 for 54 as South Africa were rolled over for 194. Rejuvenated, India won the Test by 63 runs. Their bowling attack has not looked back since.

Rohit Sharma’s incredible 264

Rohit Sharma had already smashed his maiden double hundred against Australia in November 2013. Nobody imagined what he would do against Sri Lanka a year later. Batting first in the game at Kolkata, he smashed 264 off 173 balls with 33 fours and nine sixes. Still an ODI record, it was an exhibition of monstrous hitting rarely seen before or after.

Kohli 183 sinks Pakistan

In the fifth game of the 2012 Asia Cup, Pakistan batted first and posted a mammoth 329 for 6 courtesy hundreds from Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed. What does Virat Kohli do? He comes in and blasts 183 from 148 balls with the aid of 22 fours and six. Pakistan are stunned as India win by 13 balls to spare, and six wickets in hand.

DK turns Superman

Bangladesh seemed set to upset India in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy final as Mustafizur Rahman’s slower balls and cutters derailed their chase. India needed 34 off 12 balls. Dinesh Karthik came in and smashed Rubel Hossain for 6,4,6 and another four off the last ball to steal 22 runs in the over. Then, needing five off the last ball, he hit one of the flattest sixes ever off Soumya Sarkar to pull off an incredible win.

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