Untold Cricket Story Part 7 : When India lost the second match in 2003 World Cup and all the other team members are disappointed and thinking how they going to deal with the other teams. Sachin realized that it would be a downward spiral in case they started questioning their own form. He asked all the players to huddle up and gave a ‘Chak De-esque’ speech which inspired the Indian team to the finals of the World Cup.
Chasing a mammoth 360 for a win in Johannesburg, India crashed to 234 all out with McGrath drawing first blood after getting Tendulkar caught and bowled for 4 in the very first over of the innings. The 45-year-old player feels the heartbroken Indians still haven’t forgotten the dismissal.
“I had some great battles with Sachin. In fact, the Indians still haven’t forgiven me for getting him out in the 2003 World Cup final,” McGrath.
“Sachin hit me for a four in the first over and the next ball, I dug it in short and he served up an easy caught and bowled to me,” he added.
“I read what he feels about in his book. Sachin is a small guy and I disagree with him because the ball was on the way down and I could see even the bails,” said McGrath.
Indian Team Stats In 2003 World Cup Final.
V Sehwag hit a boundary to go to 4* he completed 2000 runs in ODIs
- India 50 in 38 mins off 52 balls, 6×4, 2×6
- When R Dravid hit two to go to 4* he completed 500 runs against Australia in ODIs
- 50 Partnership in 35 mins off 48 balls, 8×4, 2×6, Sehwag 22, Ganguly 24, extras 4
- Sehwag 50 in 72 mins off 50 balls, 7×4, 2×6
- India 100 in 77 mins off 106 balls, 7×4, 2×6
- V Sehwag’s highest score against Australia in ODIs (previous: 58 at Bangalore, 2000/01)
- Rain stopped play at 15.35 local time, 103/3 off 17 overs
- Play resumed at 16.00, no overs were lost
- Attendance: 31,779
- 50 Partnership in 30 minutes off 48 balls, 5×4, 1×6, Sehwag 34, Dravid 13, extras 3
- V Sehwag’s highest score in World Cups (previous: 66 v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, 2002/03)
- India 150 in 111 mins off 157 balls, 15×4, 4×6
- India 200 in 147 mins off 212 balls, 19×4, 4×6
- A Symonds’ best bowling in World Cups (previous: 0/20 v England at Port Elizabeth, 2002/03)
- Australia became the first team to win 3 World Cups
- Australia extended its consecutive wins in ODIs record to 17 wins (11 Jan 2003 to 23 Mar 2003)
Untold Story Part 1, 2, 3 ,4 ,5 & 6 :
- The Calculated Gamble : Untold Cricket Story Part 1
- South African Sacrifice : Untold Cricket Story Part 2
- The Cult Heroes : Untold Cricket Story Part 3
- Untold Cricket Story Part 4 : When Sachin Tendulkar nominated Sourav Ganguly’s name for Captaincy
- Untold Cricket Story Part 5 : The Hated One India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 1996 Semifinal
- Untold Cricket Story Part 6 : Virat Kohli’s First Day In The Dressing Room