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Indian players celebrating their 2024 T20 World Cup win (AP)Indian players celebrating their 2024 T20 World Cup win (AP)

Team India lifted the 2024 T20 World Cup by defeating South Africa in a hard-fought final. As one can expect, their journey was laced with a number of remarkable moments, all which culminated in India’s triumphant finish at the winner’s podium in Barbados on June 29.

Here at OneCricket, we take a look back at five of the biggest tournament-defining moments for Team India.

Top 5 Game-Changing T20 World Cup 2024 Moments for India:-

5. Jasprit Bumrah’s match-defining over after Klaasen’s onslaught

After Heinrich Klaasen’s six-hitting rampage off Axar Patel during the South African run-chase in the final, Jasprit Bumrah turned the tide in India’s favour by delivering a tight 16th over. 

With South Africa requiring 30 runs from the remaining 30 deliveries to lift the trophy, the speedster conceded just four runs to signal India’s brief fightback.

Moreover, Bumrah also cleaned up Marco Jansen in his following over, and his tight return spell helped Hardik Pandya reap the rewards at the death as India escaped with a narrow seven-run win to end their decade-long trophy drought.

4. Rohit Sharma’s counterattack vs Starc after Virat Kohli’s wicket

In a high-stakes Super Eight clash between India and Australia on June 24, ‘Men in Blue’ skipper Rohit Sharma took the attack to Mitchell Starc following the early dismissal of Virat Kohli. 

The dashing opener flogged the Australian speedster with four sixes and a boundary to extract 29 runs from the third over of the Indian innings.

Sharma’s early ambush over the Australians negated India’s early setback as they went on to amass a match-winning first-innings total of 205-5 after being put into bat first.

3. Axar Patel’s three-wicket burst vs ENG in the semifinal

After suffering a 10-wicket larruping at the hands of eventual winners England in the 2022 semifinal, Team India once again went up against Jos Buttler and co. in the elimination test of the 2024 edition of the T20 World Cup.

After setting a similar target in the first innings, Indian spinner Axar Patel blitzed through England’s top-order with wickets in each of his first three overs.

Patel removed English skipper Jos Buttler and number three Moeen Ali in quick succession and also accounted for the wicket of dangerman Jonny Bairstow for a duck as the defending champions’ top-order crashed to 46-4 in a chase of 172. The spinner eventually finished with figures of 3-23 to bag the ‘Player of the Match’ award as Team India marched onto the finals.

2. Bumrah disrupting PAK momentum with Rizwan’s wicket

In the second week of the 2024 T20 World Cup, Team India secured a nervy six-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan at New York.

After India’s famed batting line-up was shot out for just 119, Pakistan cruised to 80-3 in 14 overs, with well-set opener Mohammad Rizwan having firmly occupied his stance at the crease. However, with Pakistan requiring just 40 runs from the remaining 36 balls, Jasprit Bumrah found a way through Rizwan to send some death-overs shivers down the ‘Men in Green’ line-up.

Pakistan stumbled under pressure in the subsequent overs to fall narrowly short of India’s total.

1. Suryakumar snatching a blinder in final over to seal World Cup

Suryakumar Yadav perhaps took the greatest catch of the tournament in the final over of the title clash between India and South Africa. At a time when South Africa required 16 runs from just six deliveries, well-set batter David Miller smoked Hardik Pandya’s full-toss down the ground only to find an agile Suryakumar at the edge of the long-off boundary.

The Indian fielder held his nerve to hold on to the catch before relaying the ball back to himself as he juggled his steps around the boundary cushion. Suryakumar Yadav’s fielding brilliance helped India secure a seven-run win and a T20 World Cup 2024 trophy.