The inaugural World T20 in 2007 certainly changed the pciture of Indian cricket on global stage. The Men in Blue were a young side that was going into the tournament under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
India had a terrible run at the 50-over World Cup earlier that year in West Indies under the leadership of Rahul Dravid. They were beaten by Bangladesh in the very first match while were defeated by Sri Lanka in another group stage match.
The only win that came for India was against Bermuda. Well, leaving behind all that, India went into the World T20 and defeated Pakistan in the final to lift the trophy.
While the youngsters led us to glory then, a number of senior players including Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar opted out of the tournament.
Lalchand Rajput revealed that it was Dravid who asked Ganguly and Sachin to not play the World T20. “Yes, it is true (Rahul Dravid asked Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to not play the 2007 T20 World Cup),” Rajput said to Sportskeeda.
Dravid’s decision certainly came in favour of the Indian team as they won the World Cup while saw a number of youngsters coming up as a good found. Also, India got a new leader in Dhoni who later led India to World Cup win in 2011 at home and then Chanpions Trophy win in 2013.