New Delhi:The twin wins in the CB Series finals against Australia must rank high among India's finest wins in the fifty-over variety of the game.
Here's looking at snapshots of some of India's most memorable wins in one-day cricket.
Prudential World Cup, England, 1983
Nobody in their wildest imagination would have bet on India to reach the semifinals. Yet, led by the talismanic Kapil Dev, they did. In the finals, the odds India to beat the mighty West Indies were an unflattering 66 to 1. And when India were bowled out for 183, the writing was on the wall. Still, Kapil told his men, "Chalo jawaano..." and his own spectacular catch of Viv Richards spurred his men on to consume one wicket after another. Towards the end, Mohinder Amarnath made three quick strikes to wrap up the game, and the meek had inherited the earth.
Benson and Hedges World Championship, Australia, 1985
Under Sunil Gavaskar, India proved that 1983 wasn't a flash in the pan. India had two exciting prospects - a young, wristy stroke-maker in Mohammad Azharuddin and a deceptive leg spinner in L Sivaramakrishnan. Amarnath, Vengsarkar, Gavaskar and Kapil lent solidity to the middle order. At the top, Shastri played the gatherer, Srikkanth the hunter. There was Madan Lal, the seam bowler, and Chetan Sharma, a young tearaway, and of course the experienced Kapil and the spin of Shastri. When that combination clicked together, India were unstoppable. They won all their league matches and the semifinal against New Zealand. In a dream title clash, they beat Pakistan by eight wickets. The everlasting image of the tournament, in which all seven Test teams took part, was Shastri being crowned 'Champion of Champions' and driving his Audi around the MCG.
Hero Cup, India, 1993
Only Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia were not playing the CAB Jubilee Tournament. It made the Hero Cup - with its five-team league - the biggest draw since the 1992 World Cup. Hosts India weren't the most impressive beginners. They started off beating Sri Lanka, then lost big to the West Indies and tied with Zimbabwe. The upturn began with two wins against South Africa - one in Mohali, thanks mainly to Vinod Kambli's 86, and then at the semifinal at the Eden Gardens, where Kambli's illustrious schoolmate Sachin Tendulkar magically denied South Africa the six runs they needed in the last over. In the final against the West Indies, Kambli's 68 took India to 225. It was game on, but Anil Kumble's breathtaking burst of six wickets laid the West Indies low.
Sahara Cup, Toronto, 1997
The playing conditions at Toronto's CSC Club aren't the best in the world. But not the quality of cricket showcased here. It was, perhaps, the last balanced act between bat and ball before cricket's rules were skewered to favour batsmen. India and Pakistan under Sachin Tendulkar and Rameez Raja played some absorbing, exciting cricket in the five-game series. Thanks to Sourav Ganguly's all-round skills - he scored runs and took wickets in all games - India won back the bilateral series 4-1, having lost it 2-3 the previous year.
Independence Cup, Bangladesh, 1998
Effectively, this tournament was a two-horse race. Hosts Bangladesh were easy meat for India and Pakistan. After three league games, a best-of-three final series followed. Tendulkar and Ganguly won India the first final, and Mohammad Hussain and Saqlain Mustaq won Pakistan the second. The next match is what the tournament will always be remembered for. Ijaz Ahmed and Saeed Anwar ran down the Indian bowlers as Pakistan made 314 in their 48 overs. The trophy seemed lost - until Tendulkar and Ganguly got India going at eight runs per over. When Tendulkar departed, in came Robin Singh, the pinch hitter. He made Ganguly run the hard singles and doubles, smashed some boundaries himself, scored 82 but let Ganguly walked away with the limelight for his 124. It was meant to be a day game, but the light faded away quickly. With both sides willing to fight on, the floodlights came on. And it took a rookie, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, to smash the winning boundary off the game's penultimate ball for India to break the world record for run chases.
Coca Cola Cup, Sharjah, 1998
Gaining muscle under Azharuddin's captaincy and Tendulkar's ascent to batting's apogee, India entered this tri-national as strong favourites. It took a hurricane 143 from Tendulkar to edge New Zealand out on run rate. And the master batsman then produced his unforgettable 134, taking on Warne, Fleming and Kasprowicz. No one who saw the innings would forget it as India beat Australia in the final to win the trophy.
Independence Cup, Sri Lanka, 1998
India's run-spree continued through the summer. This time too, New Zealand were the weak link in the draw and India played Sri Lanka in the final. A world-record 252-run opening stand by Tendulkar and Ganguly set the game up for India. Lanka looked good to get their 308-run target, thanks to Aravinda De Silva's blazing hundred but after he fell, the lower order ran out of steam, giving India a 6-run win and a memorable win.
NatWest Trophy, England, 2002
This tournament saw the arrival of the New India we know today. With the whole team delivering, India knocked out Sri Lanka and played England in the final at Lord's. England, thanks to hundreds from Marcus Troscothick and Nasser Hussain, made 325 and the game looked finished. But Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly batted outrageously, knocking off the first hundred runs in no time. Then, five wickets fell in a heap and when Tendulkar departed at 146-5, it seemed it would be another lost final for India. Out came Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif with no pressure on their young shoulders. Their heroic partnership began in singles and doubles, and finished with fours and sixes. Yuvraj made 69, Kaif hung on for his 87, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka, 2002
It was Virender Sehwag's tournament - whatever he touched, turned to gold. He plundered England for a 72-ball hundred. Then, in the semifinal against South Africa, he scored fifty and took three wickets to nail the final berth. The finals - the match, and the rematch - were rained off but not before Sehwag showed glimpses of what lay ahead for Sri Lanka. The trophy was shared, but it doesn't hurt wondering what Sehwag could have done in those games.