Thanks to the magic of Hardik and Bumrah in death overs, India won the T20 World Cup, snatched victory from South Africa

For every November 19, 2023, there is June 24, 2024. For every November 10, 2022, there is June 27, 2024. And now, for every heartbreak in the last 11 years, there will be June 29, 2024. This date will go down in Indian cricket history as their 11-year-long wait for an ICC title ended on this day. India were crowned World T20 champions after beating South Africa by seven runs in a thrilling final at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Saturday.

India captain Rohit Sharma, center, reacts while receiving the winners trophy after defeating South Africa in the final cricket match of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados (PTI)

This tournament was all about revenge for India. They had already avenged their humiliating defeat in the previous edition in Adelaide by defeating Australia in the Super Eight stage and then England in the semi-finals in the ODI World Cup.

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In the big final, in the battle of unbeaten teams, or in other words, in the battle of teams that have not won a title in the last 10 years, India won. And they have Jasprit Bumrah to thank for this, who is a master of making the ball talk. Wow, when it mattered the most, he made the ball dance to his tunes.

They should also thank Hardik Pandya for giving away just four runs in the 17th over, where he got the game-changing wicket of Heinrich Klaasen… and then defending 15 runs in the last over. He cried like a baby. He had gone through hell in the last few months. It was only fair that Hardik was in command, giving it his all in the death overs. This was not the first time he was bowling a high-pressure last over. He had done so against all odds against Bangladesh in the 2016 World T20. But this was the final. And he made no mistake. He got a little help from Suryakumar Yadav, who took perhaps the best catch of the tournament at the long-off boundary to send South Africa's last batsman David Miller back to the pavilion on the first ball of the 20th over.

Thanks also go to Arshdeep Singh, who bowled the 19th over under immense pressure and gave away just four runs to Miller and Keshav Maharaj.

Klaasen put India in a spot of bother. The South African powerhouse smashed 24 runs off Axar Patel in the 15th over, scoring the fastest fifty in a T20 World Cup final off just 23 balls and the equation came down to 30 runs off 30 balls.

How Bumrah turned the match in India's favour

Then a helpless Rohit Sharma turned to Bumrah. And he did wonders. First, a four-run over put the brakes on the South African rhythm. Then, in the 18th over, he bowled Marco Jansen's leg stump with a delivery that could have dismissed an opener on the first day of a Test match. Maharaj somehow managed to hold on to the last two balls, but Bumrah had done his job. His last over yielded only two runs and he finished with staggering figures of 2/18. Hardik came in and completed the formalities.

Opting to bat on a dry surface, India overcame a poor top-order display to post a competitive 176/7. Virat Kohli (76) hit his first half-century of this World Cup and Axar Patel hit 47 to take India to a strong total. Their 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket brought India back into the match after Rohit, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar fell inside the powerplay.

Kohli's pace slowed down, going 35 balls without hitting a single boundary. He finally broke his rhythm in the 18th over with a beautiful swing over long-on off Kagiso Rabada. It was his first boundary since the fourth over of the match. He hit two fours and another six before being caught at the long-on boundary. Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj took two wickets each for South Africa.

The Proteas' top order collapsed but Quinton de Kock (39) and Tristan Stubbs (31) got the team back on track. Klaasen (52) then led a brilliant counter-attack but India's superb death overs bowling restricted South Africa to 169/8.

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