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2007 T20 World Cup: Sreesanth did not catch the ball, he caught the trophy, reminisces Irfan Pathan

Written by Vipin Darwade

Former Indian cricketers came together to reminisce their historic title-winning campaign in the 2007 T20 World Cup. A young Indian side, showed mettle and character to go past heavyweight teams and clinch the trophy in a nervy finish. Talking about the experience of playing the final match, the players got together in a Star Sports show Class of 2007: The Reunion of ’07 Champions and revealed how stressful playing the final was.

“There was no social media back then. But everyone was talking about how big this final against Pakistan was going to be. We were clashing in such a big final for the first time. The pressure was really massive,” Pathan said about the final game.

“I was extremely tired after delivering my four overs in the final. I was never this tired throughout my whole career. It left me with no energy,” he further added.

Rohit Sharma played a crucial knock in the final overs of the game, giving India a respectable total to bowl at. Sharma scored 30 off just 16 balls to give momentum back to India in the final game.

“Rohit’s knock was important. We were at 130 in 18 overs, which is not really good. But those 27 runs he got us in the final two overs gave us 157 runs on the board. This knock was critical and made a difference during a chase of 158 runs back then,” said RP Singh in the show.

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