Final matches are always the most important matches in any tournament. It is always a big responsibility for the batsmen to observe the pressure, especially in any ICC tournament final. The belief of the whole nation will be on the player. He will have to deliver in the best possible way for the country in a crunch match. It is a big opportunity for the player to get their name in the book of history by performing in the biggest stages of international matches and it adds a lot of value and respect to those players. So, Let's see the highest individual scores for India in the ICC tournament finals.
India is one of the best Cricket playing nations in the World Cricket. So, whenever the players represent India in an ICC Tournament, they can feel the pressure. India is a cricket-crazy nation and celebrates the sport like everything depends on that. In the past few decades, the performance of Indian cricketers has been phenomenal. Be it batsmen or bowlers or all-rounders, they have left their mark on this sport. Although everyone is waiting for a decade for an ICC trophy, the players have given their all in the tournament matches. Indian batsmen are ruling the cricketing world for quite some time. From breaking records to creating new records they are always on the top-ranked lists.
The final of the 2003 World Cup in Johannesburg started off with Australia scoring a massive score of 259 on the board for the loss of two wickets with an unbeaten 140-run knock from the skipper Ricky Ponting. In reply, Sachin was dismissed quickly by Glenn Mcgrath and all eyes were on Virender Sehwag who had the capability to score quickly.
Sehwag played a fine knock of 82 runs from 81 balls against a full-quality Australian bowling attack. He was unfortunate to be dismissed run out after hitting three sixes and ten fours in his innings. He couldn't prevent India from losing the game by a huge margin of 125 runs.
The Final of the 2023 World Test Championship in Oval started off with Australia posting 469 runs in the first inning with a 163-run knock from Travis Head & 121 from Steve Smith. In reply, India lost four wickets at a score of only 71. Ajinkya Rahane took charge and built a partnership with Jadeja. Jadeja lost his wicket after a fast-paced cameo of 48 but Rahane didn't look back and controlled the match from his end.
He also completed 5000 runs in the Test Format for India and rebuilt a partnership with Shardul Thakur. Rahane was going for a century but Cummins restricted him after Cameron Green took a terrific catch to send him to the dressing room. Rahane lost his wicket after a well-fought inning of 89 runs as India piled up 296 runs in the first inning.
Sri Lanka posted a fighting total of 274 for the loss of six wickets after an excellent century from Mahela Jayawardene in the final of the 2011 Worldcup in Mumbai. India needed to get off to a good start. It didn't happen as expected as they lost both their in-form openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag very quickly.
Being the captain of the side, MS Dhoni went into the crease after the dismissal of Virat Kohli instead of Yuvraj Singh and he made one of the bravest decisions. It went in his favour beautifully, as he faced the danger from Muttiah Muralidharan and brought success to the team with his 91 run-knock of just 79 deliveries. He smashed two sixes and eight fours in the innings and also hit the winning runs with a six which will be remembered forever by the Indian fans.
Gautam Gambhir has been the man for the big matches as he already top-scored for India in the 2007 T20 World Cup final. He continued to enter the record books again and played one of the best knocks in a final with a brilliant 97 in the 2011 Worldcup. He was unfortunate to miss out on the century by just three runs. Gambhir had a big task on his hands after the openers returned home quickly. He took the responsibility and kept the scoreboard ticking. He smacked nine-fours in the innings but missed out on his century.
Sourav Ganguly made an opening partnership of 141 with Sachin Tendulkar (69) and set the stage for a big score. However, India kept on losing wickets from one end while Ganguly kept scoring from another end. The former Indian skipper scored 117 runs off 130 balls with four sixes and nine fours. He pushed India to a respectable score of 264 for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs. New Zealand chased it down with two balls remaining after an unbeaten century from Chris Cairns.