Staying true to his title ‘The Wall’, Rahul Dravid dominated screen time and shaped much of my conceptions about cricket as a young fanboy. And he continues to inspire many, not just through coaching, but also with his gentlemanly aura.
The victory in the final against Pakistan gave India their maiden T20 World Cup and me, a reason to talk about something good in that otherwise forgettable 2007.
My Favourite Match: Ricky Ponting's rampaging Aussies flatten India in 2003 World Cup final, break a billion hearts
When the Indian team reached the ICC World Cup final for the first time in 20 years, it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime event for Indian fans, who weren’t sure of witnessing a repeat anytime in the near future.
My Favourite Match: Zinedine Zidane and the headbutt that decided the outcome of the 2006 World Cup Final
For me, the 2006 World Cup final and the Zinedine Zidane drama was a crushing introduction to how invested sport can make someone feel, and from that point on, there was no looking back.
Not every day do you get to witness history. For me, Anil Kumble running through the Pakistan batting on a chilly Delhi day in 1999 would be memorable.
Ganguly would go on to lead India and change Indian cricket forever, but for me, the embers of self-belief were first stoked on that January day when India pulled off a then-world record chase against Pakistan. The first full match that (I think) I ever watched is also my (well, almost) favourite.
My Favourite Match: When Sourav Ganguly and Co stopped the Aussie juggernaut and ushered in a new era in Indian cricket
Sourav Ganguly had taken over the reins of Team India after the fallout of the match-fixing saga around a year prior to this match, but it was with this victory that he had finally announced himself as a leader, and ushered in a new era in Indian cricket.
My Favourite Match: Remembering NatWest Trophy 2002 final, the night Indian cricket broke into new dawn
13 July, 2002 - when the Indian cricket team defeated England, cancelled the inevitable and gave me a reason to fall deeper in love with cricket.
My Favourite Match: How Sachin Tendulkar’s epic 136 against Pakistan in Chennai taught me a thing or two about Test cricket
For an eight-year old boy, the complexities of Test cricket was hard to grasp, and understanding ODI cricket was much simpler. That was until India played Pakistan in a Test series at home in 1999.
My Favourite Match: A tie, a lie and complete disregard for maths - How Australia vs South Africa '99 World Cup semi-final ruined my childhood
For a generation of Indians, the epic 1999 World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa remains one of the foremost matches we were heavily invested in as a neutral, or perhaps that’s the one game we remember for its sheer ludicrousness.