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Rohit Sharma's Team India Wins T20 WC After 17 Years

BARBADOS, June 29: India edged past South Africa by 7 runs in the final match of T20 World Cup 2024 at Kensington Oval, Barbados on Saturday to clinch an ICC title after 11 years.

Virat Kohli announced his T20I retirement after the game.

India's dream of ending their ICC title drought seemed well over with South Africa needing run-a-ball 30 to win with set batters Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller at the crease.

The Rohit Sharma-led side needed a magic to turn things up and it actually produced one! Jasprit Bumrah bowled a four-run over before Hardik Pandya dismissed Klaasen in what was another four-run over from India. Burmah conceded only two runs in the 18th over and removed Marco Jansen. Arshdeep Singh followed it up with a four-run penultimate over.

Hardik Pandya was handed the task to bowl the final over and he got the wicket of Miller on the very first ball, thanks to Suryakumar Yadav's sensational catch at long-off.

India held their nerves well and eventually won the game with a seven-run margin.

Earlier, Virat Kohli anchored the Indian innings with a gritty 76 off 59 as the team posted a total of 176 for 7 - the highest total by any team in the final of a men's T20 World Cup. India were reduced to 34 for 3 in 4.3 overs but a crucial 72-run stand between Kohli and Axar Patel bailed the team out of trouble. Axar fell for 47 off 31 while Kohli smashed 76 off 59.

Virat Kohli Retires From T20Is After India's T20 World Cup Triumph

BARBADOS, June 29: Virat Kohli, former Indian cricket team captain and Player of the Match in the T20 World Cup 2024 final, announced his retirement from the format right after India's historic win over South Africa in the final In Barbados on Saturday.

Kohli, who has been one of India's best-ever crickets, said that it was time for the next generation to take over. For a boy who rose from the by-lanes of Delhi to rule world cricket, it was the perfect culmination of a T20I career that saw several highs as well as lows as captain.

“This was my last T20 World Cup, this is exactly what we wanted to achieve,” Kohli told the broadcast after India's win in a global tournament after 11 years.

“One day you feel like you can't get a run and this happens, God is great. (It is) just the occasion, now or never kind of situation. This was my last T20 game playing for India. We wanted to lift that cup,” he said.

“Yes I have, this was an open secret (retirement). Not something that I wasn't going to announce even if we had lost. Time for the next generation to take the T20 game forward,” Kohli confirmed when asked if he was making the official announcement about him calling it a day.

“It's been a long wait for us, waiting to win an tournament. You look at someone like Rohit (Sharma), he's played 9 T20 World Cups and this is my sixth.

"He deserves it. It's been difficult to hold things (emotions) back and I think it's going to sink in later. It's an amazing day and I'm thankful,” Kohli added.

 

 



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