So after yet another world cup encounter between India and Pakistan, the emotions on the face of their supporters remain as it were since the 1992 championship. Indians would do a victory march, raising the tricolored flag high screaming “India India!” while on the other hand, Pakistanis would again be made to think about what didn’t go their way and also have to now wait for another 4 years to break the infamous jinx of defeating India, which they have failed for the 6th time.
From an Indian point of view, there was a great feeling of satisfaction as the team was back into its groove and performing like champions in all departments. Be it Virat Kohli and Raina’s partnership or the great intensity showed in the field, everything was at the right place at the right time for team India. And besides, Indian bowlers also showed remarkable improvement from their recent form which gives all the fans renewed hope of retaining the most coveted trophy.
So as the Indian team, deservingly celebrate on their victory, we take a look at some key factors which came out of the Adelaide clash.
Rejuvenated Virat Kohli
After a fairy tale test series in Australia, Kohli went through a bad patch in the tri series and the subsequent warm up matches. Come the Pakistan team and all those classic shots came back to please the viewers, haunt the opposition as he played a gem of an innings, signalling the World Cup campaign in style, and proving why he is a big match player.
He kept the scoreboard ticking by picking up ones and twos at regular intervals with some occasional boundaries as well. With Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina, he formed important partnerships because of which India managed to put on a 300 despite a horrendous batting display in the final five overs of their innings.
Virat Kohli is an important player for team India and if the defending champions want to be alive for the 29th March finale, he has to rise to the occasion and it is great to see has showed positive signs.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s Tight Bowling
One player that performed above expectations was undoubtedly Ravi Ashwin. His tight line and length, with Dhoni’s field-placings never allowed Pakistan to get on with the scoring.
Bowling 3 maidens in contemporary one day cricket is not an easy task but the southpaw made it look so easy in his brilliant 8 over spell, which put Pakistan way behind India at every point of the match. At Australia, it’s tough time for the spinners but Ashwin showed that if you bowl a good line and length, you will succeed in any conditions.
Led by Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, the Indian young brigade went on increasing the intensity on the field, making it difficult for the batsmen to settle.
The difference between the innings of India and Pakistan was that India managed a lot of singles and couples which the latter didn’t, or rather couldn’t because of some high spirited fielding from Team India.
The way the pace trio of Shami, Mohit and Yadav bowled, it seems rather surprising that there were so many question marks over India’s pace attack standing up during such high pressure situations.
Mohammed Shami was clearly the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets. He was producing venom with every delivery and was accurate with his short balls and Yorkers.
Umesh Yadav’s couple of quick wickets, in the form of Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Maqsood, proved to be the vital over of the match. Shehzad was on course to make a good score when he smashed straight into the hands of Jadeja while Maqsood was too dismissed while attempting to hit a wide shortish ball.
Yet Again the Lone Warrior – Misbah
Misbah-ul-Haq has also got the habit of scoring big against the arch rivals but unfortunately he doesn’t get the result that he and his team aim for.
Apart from him, nobody could stand there in the middle to give the support to their captain for some time and try to form a big partnership. Like the last world cup, he alone was between India and their victory but had someone supported him, who knows the chase would have been interesting.
So, it’s India who have ended up on the winning side and this victory will provide some sense of satisfaction and motivation, considering the fact they were battered and bruised some days back. But this team is looking completely a different team and if the young brigade continue to perform like this, Mission 29th March will be right before their eyes.