How India’s T20 World Cup Win cements their Cricket Dominance

In India, cricket has become a destination for the top players but the T20 World Cup win cements its dominance.

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"In the field, you won the World Cup."

India won the T20 World Cup, defeating South Africa in a thrilling final to end their 13-year wait for a world title.

The end of this dry spell came even as India was dominating cricket in other measures like talent, cash and influence.

The 2024 T20 World Cup was played in the United States and the Caribbean, ending with India being declared the champion.

Back in India, it was close to midnight when crowds celebrated in the streets.

Celebrations among British-Indians also took place across the UK.

After the victory, India captain Rohit Sharma said: “Maybe in a couple hours it will sink in, but it is a great feeling.

“To cross the line — it feels great for everyone.”

India vs South Africa was a close match and an emotional one for the former, partially due to the fact that many of its senior players, including Rohit Sharma, are nearing the end of their careers.

India last won the T20 World Cup in its inaugural tournament in 2007 when Sharma was just getting started.

The top prize had also eluded Virat Kohli.

Meanwhile, head coach Rahul Dravid never won a World Cup during his illustrious playing career.

The trio ended the night on a happy note, with Sharma and Kohli announcing their T20I retirement.

Dravid, who finished his stint as India’s coach, is normally a quiet, stoic presence. But after the win, he was screaming and celebrating.

Both India’s President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team.

In a video message, Modi said:

“In the field, you won the World Cup. But in India’s villages, streets and communities, you won the hearts of our compatriots.”

More than just a Sport

How India's T20 World Cup Win cements their Cricket Dominance

In India, cricket is more than just a sport.

It is a significant part of India’s global brand, arguably even more important than the film industry.

At times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been accused of using its significant economic influence to set the terms for global cricket events, reflecting its status as the wealthiest contributor and a prime destination for the world’s top players.

The IPL’s launch in 2007 transformed cricket, which was once seen as slow and short of cash.

In 17 years, IPL’s brand value has surpassed £7.5 billion, making it among the richest sports leagues in the world.

Players routinely earn contracts worth over £750,000 for a season, with some of the highest-paid earning over £2 million.

Growth of Women’s Cricket

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India has also aimed to share the sport’s wealth with its female players.

Despite a poor track record of gender equality in the labour market, the country leads efforts to make careers in team sports viable for women.

In 2023, India launched its Women’s IPL with an initial £395 million investment.

This league is already creating opportunities for women in India and attracting talent from around the world.

Its financial success has led to more grassroots investment, fostering the development of new players.

Female players, who have long been overshadowed by the men’s game, are now securing brand endorsements, attracting larger TV audiences, and drawing thousands of fans to their matches in stadiums.

Additionally, the participation of foreign players in both leagues, who have substantial followings in their home countries, serves as a public relations boon for India.

As they travel and play, these players use social media to express their admiration for the culture of this diverse nation.

The Role of Wives

In cricket-obsessed India, where fans meticulously follow the players’ every move on and off the field, many of the current generation of stars have become role models who can help drive progress on social issues, particularly in addressing the male-dominated nature of public life.

But when it comes to their support, their wives play a big part.

Rohit Sharma’s wife Ritika Sajdeh and their daughter are often at his side during tours.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is regularly seen video-calling his family from the stadium after matches.

After the win, his wife Anushka Sharma posted:

“Our daughter’s biggest concern was if all the players had someone to hug them after she saw them crying on TV.”

Jasprit Bumrah found himself doing an interview with his broadcaster wife Sanjana Ganesan.

Wrapping up the interview, she said:

“Thank you so much for talking to us, Jasprit, and all the best for—”

But before she finished speaking, Bumrah went in for a hug and then joined his teammates for the celebrations.

India’s T20 World Cup win cements their position as a dominant force in global cricket.

This victory is not just a testament to the team’s skill and resilience but also reflects the country’s deep-rooted passion for the sport.

As India continues to nurture its cricketing talent and invest in the game’s future, this triumph signals a new era of excellence and influence on the world stage.

The win reinforces India’s status as a cricket powerhouse, inspiring future generations and strengthening its legacy in the sport.

Lead Editor Dhiren is our news and content editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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