Last Update on: June 3rd, 2023 at 04:49 pm
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has issued a statement expressing his unhappiness with the Indian cricket team’s performance in the 2007 ODI World Cup.
According to the comment, he believes that the team that represented India in that event was one of the greatest in the world at the time. However, the team underperformed and did not advance beyond the tournament’s group rounds.
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Under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership, India last won the World Cup in 2011. Since then, the team has lost consecutive semi-final contests in 2015 and 2019. While the team’s victory in 2011 remains its sole triumph, India has been very consistent in the fifty-over World Cups since the beginning of the decade and has advanced to the knockout stages in all but one of the tournaments.
The Indian team’s performance at the 2007 World Cup was somewhat forgettable as it was eliminated in the group stage after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Former India opener Virender Sehwag has recently brought up India’s terrible World Cup campaign, which was met with intense public outrage at home. The supporters even went so far as to set Indian players’ effigies on fire in protest of their subpar performances.
“Our team in 2007 was the best team in the world” – Virender Sehwag
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag remarked that the Indian team in the 2007 edition was the “best” in the world at the time, which is why the final defeat in 2003 hurt more. In 2007, Rahul Dravid led the team, which included many Indian cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, and Anil Kumble.
“2007 hurt more. Our team in 2007 was the best team in the world at the time. On paper, you won’t find a better team than that, even before or after. In 2003, we lost the final, in 2011, we won, but we didn’t have such big names ever. We lost 2 matches, won 1 and that too against Bermuda,” Virender Sehwag told Gaurav Kapur on Breakfast with Champions.
“Everyone thought we would reach the next round. We had a 2-day break after the league stage. We lost, we didn’t have tickets. We had to stay two days extra in Trinidad and Tobago without any practice. In those two days, I didn’t ask for room service or housekeeping, I didn’t even step out of the room. With the help of a relative in the US, I arranged for Prison Break and finished three seasons of the show during that time,” Virender Sehwag added.
Most of the 2007 team members, including Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, and Harbhajan Singh, experienced their first taste of success in the 2011 edition when India won the largest award in cricket on home soil.