In keeping with the festive spirit across the country, The Ring Side View takes a look at famous performances by the Indian cricket team around Diwali in the years gone by.
1. Dhoni’s 183* versus Sri Lanka (2005)
A display of brutal power hitting by a young Mahendra Singh Dhoni saw India cruise past Sri Lanka at Jaipur in 2005. An unbeaten knock of 183 runs off 145 deliveries saw Dhoni smash 15 boundaries and 10 sixes to entertain the crowds. Some of the shots he played that day remain etched in the minds of cricket fans all over the world!
2. Jadeja’s 4-wicket haul versus England (2011)
India completed a comprehensive whitewash of England in the ODI series in 2011. The final ODI of the series was played on the eve of Diwali with Ravindra Jadeja starring in the win with a 4-wicket haul. Jadeja picked up the wickets of Kieswetter, Trott, Bairstow and Samit Patel in his man-of-the-match performance, handing the country a perfect Diwali gift.
3. Rohit’s 209 versus Australia (2013)
The 7th and final ODI between India and Australia in 2013 witnessed a superhuman effort from Rohit Sharma who scored his first double hundred in ODI cricket. The ‘Hitman’ was in his element against the Australians at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. This performance came on the eve of Diwali in 2013 and is still fondly remembered by fans as one of Rohit’s best knocks.
4. Amit Mishra’s 5/18 versus New Zealand (2016)
With the series leveled at 2-2, India and New Zealand played the final at Vizag on the eve of Diwali in 2016. The big finale though didn’t live up to the billing as New Zealand collapsed at 79 whilst chasing 270. Amit Mishra was the wrecker-in-chief with his 5 for 18 which resulted in India winning the ODI series comfortably. Mishra therefore ensured that his side could give the country another series win for Diwali.
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