Team India led by Sourav Ganguly had a mixed run in the league stages of the 2003 World Cup, but once they got into the knockout stages, with consistency they rushed into the finals, eventually losing to Australia. Thus India’s dream of being crowned champions was ruined.Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Kapil Dev Wants Jasprit Bumrah to Win Player of The Tournament, Backs Team India Pacer to Play Decisive Role vs Pakistan
India’s 15-man squad boasted of players like skipper Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh – all forming the core of the team while Mohammad Kaif, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Dinesh Mongia, Sanjay Bangar and Parthiv Patel made rest of the squad. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule in IST: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all WC 2015 Matches Also Read - Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah Will be Team India's X-Factor During T20 World Cup 2021: Ajit Agarkar
India occupied second spot in group A, winning five out its six league matches. The lone defeat came against Australia. India on their way to Super Sixes defeated arch-rivals Pakistan, England, Netherlands, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Shane Warne Picks His Favourites to Win Title, Bewares Teams For Underestimating Australia
India advanced to semis by remaining unbeaten in the Super Sixes, defeating Kenya, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Having carried forward eight points from group stage, India finished second with 20 points in the Super Sixes.
In semis India were pitted against relatively easy opponent Kenya, who made it to semis having defeated Zimbabwe in Super Sixes and carrying forward 10 points from their group. India won the toss at Kingsmead, Durban and decided to bat first. Ganguly notched an unbeaten 111 to take his side to 270-4 in 50 overs, with Tendulkar scoring 83. In reply, Kenya were all-out for just 179 with Zaheer Khan picking 3-14. India won the game by 91 runs and thereby setting finals date with Australia. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Complete Fixtures & Time Table of all Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches
Australia’s entry into the finals was thumping having not lost any of their previous matches. The finals took place on March 23 at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Australia, after being put to bat, rode on Ricky Pointing’s brilliance to post a massive 359-2 in 50 overs. Ponting smashed an unbeaten 140 and was well-supported by Damien Martyn, who scored 88 not out. Chasing a massive target, India lost Tendulkar in the very first over and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. India were bowled out for 234 and Australia were crowned world champions.