- Undoubtedly, the ongoing 50-over cricket World Cup did stutter to a slow start at the beginning. Having witnessed largely empty stadiums for some of the initial matches, there were valid fears expressed about the viability of the one-day internationals in the age of twenty 20 leagues proliferating everywhere. Mind you, there is no shortage of experts and proponents questioning the rationale of still sticking up with the 50-over cricket even as the shortest format gains tremendous traction around the world. Of course, Indian cricket fans are crazy about the sport and hence, will not let go of an opportunity to cheer their favorite team. They have thronged the stadiums in huge numbers whenever Team India has played.
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- Now, Indian cricket fans also saw some of the most riveting contests between the much-fancied teams as well as unheralded teams. Defending champions England have endured a horrible time in the ongoing tournament. Whereas, hitherto considered as minnows Team Afghanistan has had a dream run overpowering cricketing giants like England, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka by comfortable margins. This improved exhibition from the Afghan team has surely spiced up the tournament for sure. Coming back to Team India’s performance, it has been a dream run as Rohit Sharma’s led outfit has simply steamrolled the opposition with great aplomb and panache. Team India has won all eight league matches so far with one to go against the Netherlands.
- Team India was the first to qualify for the semifinals followed by South Africa and Australia. The fourth spot will be decided in the next few days with Pakistan, New Zealand, and Afghanistan aiming to qualify. The way Team India has impressed with their awesome performances, the hopes of Indian fans have skyrocketed sensing something special is in the offing. The way Team India has bamboozled the opposition is not only majestic but also showcases a ruthless streak of overpowering domination. Batting has been top-class class with the captain himself setting the tone right at the beginning by attacking the bowling straightaway. This allowed Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul to bat freely without any pressure of dot balls. What to say about bowling?
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- The pace bowling trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, and Mohammed Shami have been outstanding. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav superbly complemented the pacers. Did someone say the best India bowling attack ever? Arguably. The moot point to ponder over here is whether the no-loss streak of Team India gives the impression that it has peaked early. Not at all. I would say the India team has shown tremendous improvement over the duration by emerging even better after each outing. Yes, cricket is a funny game, and the knockout match offers no second chance. Hopefully, Team India is in a great space to overcome the last two hurdles to go the distance as billion-plus Indians fervently wish and pray the Cup stays with us for 4 years.