How much do you remember of India's first Twenty20 international? Unless you're the Jay Gatsby of cricket tragics, chances are that the answer is 'not much'. I was there at the Wanderers on a blustery night, and apart from a brilliant spell from Zaheer Khan and an Albie Morkel slog-sweep off Harbhajan Singh that appeared to go halfway to Pretoria, little jumps out from the memory bank. India won with a ball to spare, but after the pasting in the one-day series that had preceded it, no one was running around the field waving the tricolour.
In a country where the Indian Premier League is now the centrepiece of the cricket landscape, it's hard to imagine just how much of a non-factor Twenty20 was even seven years ago. England had started its domestic Twenty20 competition in 2003, and South Africa had followed suit a year later. Pakistan conducted its first tournament in April 2005, while Australia introduced the Big Bash a season later. India, with the ghosts of 1983 everywhere, sneered at it all and remained very much a 50-over nation.
When the Indian squad was announced for the first World Twenty20 in 2007, during the tour of England, there was no Sachin Tendulkar, no Rahul Dravid, no Sourav Ganguly and no Anil Kumble. The eminences of Indian cricket were to put their feet up after a gruelling tour that had seen them seal a first Test series win in the old country in 21 years.