In a scintillating first semi-final clash at the ODI World Cup 2023, Team India showcased their mettle, defeating New Zealand and securing a coveted spot in the tournament final. The Men in Blue delivered a stellar performance, posting an imposing total of 397/4 and later successfully defending it with a 70-run triumph.
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- Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer shine with the Bat
- Mohammed Shami’s bowling brilliance seals the deal
- Nasser Hussain identifies the architect of India’s success
Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer shine with the Bat
The Indian innings was marked by stellar centuries from Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer. Their partnership laid the foundation for a formidable score, leaving New Zealand with a daunting chase. Notably, it was Kohli’s 50th ODI ton and with that he also surpassed the long-standing most ODI hundreds record of legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Mohammed Shami’s bowling brilliance seals the deal
Mohammed Shami emerged as the bowling hero for India, leading the attack with precision and guile. His crucial wickets and economical spells played a pivotal role in restricting New Zealand to 327 runs. Shami bagged a stunning 7-wicket haul while conceding only 57 runs in 9.5 overs. Shami was rightfully rewarded as Player of the Match.
Nasser Hussain identifies the architect of India’s success
Following India’s impressive victory, former England captain Nasser Hussain took to the airwaves to highlight the unsung hero of the Indian campaign. Hussain showered praise on Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, hailing him as the ‘genuine hero’ who has revolutionized India’s cricketing culture. Drawing parallels to past tournaments where India faced criticism for a timid approach, Hussain credited Rohit for instilling a fearless mindset in the team.
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“The headlines tomorrow will be about (Virat) Kohli, will be about Shreyas Iyer, and will be about Mohammad Shami. But the genuine hero of this Indian side, who has changed the culture of this Indian side is Rohit Sharma. Dinesh Karthik was with the side when India played England in the semi-final of T20 World Cup in Adelaide, where they played meek, timid cricket, got a below-par score and England knocked them off by 10 wickets. he told DK that India needed to change,” said Hussain on Sky Sports.
As India entered the knockout stage, Rohit’s aggressive intent was on full display against New Zealand. Scoring a brisk 47 off 29 balls, the captain set the tone for a fearless brand of cricket in high-stakes encounters.
“I think that the real hero today was Rohit. Group stage is different and knockout stage is different and the skipper showed everyone that they are going to play fearless cricket in the knockouts as well, Rohit Sharma sent a clear message with the approach,” added Hussain.
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