n somewhat expected lines India has dominated the World Cup so far deservingly making it to the finals of the International 50 overs limited cricket world cup. Traditionally a batting stronghold India has surprised everyone with an equally dangerous bowling attack. The bowling attack India has presented to the world in this World Cup is at par with the bowling attacks of the West Indies in the 80s or the Australian pace attack in the 90s. Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah have displayed bowling havoc in tandem unseen in the recent past. At times teams have found it difficult to even accumulate 200 runs against this quality bowling lineup. Mohammad Shami in particular has come good on crucial occasions and batting lineups across the world have found him unplayable. The spin wizard Kuldeep Yadav has foxed many a few batsmen in this World Cup. His bowling performance in the match against Pakistan was especially brilliant and he single-handedly broke the back of the Pakistani middle order. This has been a dream World Cup for India so far and they have won all ten matches so far including the Semi-finals. Bowling, batting, and fielding has been absolute top-notch.
Ten victories out of ten matches against nine opponents – Let that sink in. Against all teams and against all formations. They literally routed through the south-Asian rivals Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They won with command over England, South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan. Horses for courses as they say – India had just the perfect team combination against all teams.
The semi-finals match against New Zealand was perhaps the only occasion when team India would have been put under some considerable pressure. These two teams had a bit of a history as New Zealand has ousted India many teams in the previous ICC tournaments. Not this time though. India put a mammoth total on the board and once they had the in-form Rachin Ravindra’s wicket in the bag they knew they as well as we knew India will play the finals of the ICC World Cup either against South Africa or Australia. The Kiwi jinx has been broken and rather stamped over.
With India in finals and in this steaming hot form would be very difficult for both South Africa or Australia to prevent them from lifting the trophy this year. India are deserving champions and look all set to lift the trophy this time round.