Bengaluru: Veteran India batsman Robin Uthappa on Tuesday (May 19, 2020) said he could not sleep for three days after the 2007 inaugural T20 World Cup won by the MS Dhoni-led Side.
“I didn’t sleep straight for three days after winning the World Cup. It didn’t really hit us at first; we were just ecstatic that we were beating Pakistan in the finals,” Uthappa said during the Royals Podcast hosted by Ish Sodhi of New Zealand.
“When we landed in India, the enormity of it hit us. The welcome we got was huge, I mean Bombay doesn’t stop for anyone, that day the entire city came to a standstill and just moved in the direction our bus was moving. Bizarrely we went through all of the Indian weather in that one day.
India defied all odds to clinch South Africa ‘s 2007 T20 World Cup, beating Pakistan by five runs in a nail-biting finale.
“What would normally take 45 minutes to an hour on a normal day, on that particular day it took us 5 and a half hours. It went from being cold to rainy to humid and then hot. By the time we reached Wankhede we were famished.”
“I remember people throwing water, fruits, and chocolates at us so we wouldn’t lose strength and keep going. It was fun and we all always loved those memories. It was a big relief to win a World Cup after 1983,” Uthappa said.