India remained unbeaten thus far throughout the tournament after crushing the West Indies.
India were far from their best but it seemed that they didn’t need to be. The Windies came into the game in bad form and desperately needed a win to keep their Cricket World Cup hopes alive.
India Show Their Class
If we’re being honest India never had a great day with the bat but they still managed to achieve a defendable total of 269. It proved defendable as they defeated the West Indies by a 125 runs thanks to a brilliant bowling performance at Old Trafford. The Windies were dismissed for a very low 143 in 34.2 overs, their run rate never got going which meant that their batsmen had to try to up the tempo every now and again which lead to their downfall. India managed to score 268/7 in their 50 overs.
Virat Kohli Shines Yet Again
Once again the Indian captain Virat Kohli showed his class and leadership as he scored 72 tough runs to help his side out of a rough spell. Once he was dismissed India seemed in danger of not reaching a respectable total but former Indian captain MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya scored 50 and 48 respectively. The pair put on a show with some big hitting to help India. Plus it showed a strength that not many other teams have and that’s the fact that India’s batting lineup runs deep.
Tournament Batsman And More
Kohli has already become a cricketing legend, astonishingly he has become the fastest batsman ever to 20,000 international runs. That means he beat the likes of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. His led his country brilliantly and because of his leadership India remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament after six games.
Indian Bowling Grow In Confidence
Let’s not discount the efforts of their bowlers, especially Mohammed Shami who was the chief destroyer of the Windies innings. Shami ended with figures of 4 for just 16, but he wasn’t alone, Jasprit Bumrah picked up 2 for 9 and Yuzvendra Chahal who ended with 2 for 39. The Indian bowlers kept a good line throughout and made runs very hard to come by for the Windies.
Can India Do It
For years many have said that India can’t win away from home and that they struggle every time that they play anywhere else. But based on what’s been happening thus far they have been showing all those who doubted them wrong. Still being unbeaten in a tournament away from that consists of 10 of the best cricketing nations surely shows that they are the best team at the moment. The World Cup might be in England but the Indian fans have made the the team feel at home, every game that they’ve played thus far has had the stands packed with their fans and India’s national flag floating in the air. If they keep up their current form I don’t see anyone beating this team, they’ve been tremendous in all departments and their team morale and confidence seems to be very high.