ICC Cricket World Cup 2003: Sourav Ganguly becomes the first Indian to score a hundred in the tournament’s knockout, India cruise to final

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 can termed as a World Cup of upsets as it saw teams like Zimbabwe and Kenya making it to the Super Six stage while the likes of South Africa, West Indies, England and Pakistan, were out of the tournament in the group stage itself. Kenya played some good cricket and even reached to the semi-final stage.

On this day, March 20, 2003, India faced Kenya in the semi-final of the World Cup. India had won the toss and chose to bat first. The wicket was damp and the outfield soggy because of the rain prior to the match. It wasn’t a great wicket to bat and India, having batted first, put on 270 runs in 50 overs.

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly led from the front with a brilliant hundred and became the first Indian to cross the three-figure mark in a World Cup knockout match. He remained unbeaten at 111 and played well in the Durban wicket, which wasn’t the easiest of tracks. India went on to win the match by 91 runs as Kenya were bundled out for 179 runs.


Ganguly was awarded the man-of-the-match for his performance. In the above photograph, we see Ganguly celebrating the hundred, which was his third of that World Cup. For Kenya, it was a dream that ended there.

On Thursday, opener Rohit Sharma, after 12 long years became the second Indian batsman to score a century in a knockout game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He scored a match winning 137 runs against Bangladesh as India won by a mammoth 109 runs. Again, Bangladesh had a dream run in the tournament, which ended in their ouster at the hands of India. In 2003, India had moved to the final of the tournament while in 2015, India moved to the semi-final of the tournament.