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ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Why is this final crucial for Team India?

Led by Rohit Sharma, Team India secured a spot in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 finals, facing South Africa. After near misses since their 2011 ODI World Cup win, India aims to end their T20 World Cup drought since 2014. This final is pivotal for India's quest to reclaim ICC glory and redeem recent setbacks.

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First Published Jun 29, 2024, 5:10 PM IST

Team India, led by Rohit Sharma, has secured its place in the finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown against a formidable South African team. This final holds immense significance for India, aiming to clinch a coveted ICC trophy they have pursued fervently since their last triumph in 2011.

India's quest for the ICC Cup has been marked by near misses and heartbreaks since their memorable 2011 ODI World Cup victory under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy. Despite reaching subsequent finals and semifinals across various ICC tournaments, including the 2013 Champions Trophy, India has faltered in their pursuit of T20 World Cup glory since 2014.

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The last time India reached the T20 World Cup final was a decade ago, facing defeat against Sri Lanka in 2014. Subsequent campaigns in 2016 and 2022 ended disappointingly in the semifinals, highlighting their struggles to reclaim the championship.

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In recent ICC events, India faced setbacks in the ODI World Cup semifinals in 2015 and 2019, and a crushing defeat against Australia in the 2023 ODI World Cup final. These losses have fueled their determination to seize the 100th ICC trophy and erase the bitter memory of recent disappointments.

A chance of redemption

Seven months after their ODI World Cup final defeat on 19th November 2023, India now stands on the brink of redemption in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 final. The team's resilience and skill will be put to the ultimate test as they aim to bring home the T20 World Cup trophy and restore their status as champions on the global stage.

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