ICC World Cup 2024: India lifts the trophy after 17 long years

India win the ICC T20 World Cup Trophy for the second time after 17 years with a thrilling win against South Africa.

by Aryan Lakhani
ICC World Cup 2024: India lifts the trophy after 17 long years
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A setback indicates nothing but an opportunity to deliver a strong comeback. In November, India was a few steps away from claiming securing an ICC trophy, but they fell short, which led to massive disappointment and anguish within the nation.

7 months fast-forward, they are the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 champions! Such is the power of hunger and consistency. Team India's hunger to lift the trophy was intense, and after 17 long years, they finally made it.

The massive win has invited a phase of celebration for the entire nation and the loyal followers of the sport who were eagerly waiting for this moment.

The only sad part was hearing Virat Kohli giving his retirement speech. This was his last T20I match for India, he has made it official.

Match Highlights

As far as the match is concerned, India did a commendable job, posting a score of 176/7.

South Africa's batting looked quite unstable in the opening overs; however, in the middle overs, their run rate was seen as a threat to India, and apart from the run rate, Heinrich Klaasen's innings almost crushed all Indian fans' hearts again.

It was a nerve-wracking situation; all hopes were lost as people thought South Africa was a few steps away from victory. However, Hardik Pandya flipped the game around by dismissing the dangerous Klassen, and since then, everything turned in India's favour and in no time, they won the match by 7 runs.

It is worth watching the highlights more than once. Watch the entire highlights on the official ICC website: https://www.icc-cricket.com/tournaments/t20cricketworldcup/videos/india-script-stunning-title-win-match-highlights-sa-v-ind-t20wc-2024-final

Post-match celebration

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