NEW DELHI: Even though India has been shown the exit doors from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 following its defeat against Australia in the semi-final on Thursday, the sensational performance delivered by MS Dhoni’s boys cannot be ignored.
India lost to Australia by 95 runs in its final battle to play the World Cup final but the team, especially Captain MS Dhoni tried everything to keep the game on till the last ball. But, the luck favoured Aussies at the Sydney Cricket Ground this week.
Nevertheless, as India returns with victory in seven continuous matches it played ahead of Semi-Final, let’s take a look at the moments that will be cherished always in this World Cup fever.
India against Pakistan – India’s win and Virat Kohli’s Century
The Indian Vice-Captain Virat Kohli scored a smashing century against Pakistan in its opening match in the World Cup at Adelaide Oval. With its striking win with 76 runs, the much-awaited Pool B grudge match witnessed an ardent crowd of 41, 587.
India’s win against South Africa
The Melbourne Cricket Ground saw a scintillating performance by Team India where the ‘Men in Blue’ declared themselves as the genuine candidates to defend the World Cup title by defeating South Africa by 130 runs. Following three previous losses, this was India’s first win against South Africa.
Shikhar Dhawan performance against Pakistan and South Africa
In the opening match of team against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval, Shikhar Dhawan delivered a magnificent show of 73 runs on 76 balls and continued the fire by scoring 137 runs (146 balls) against South Africa. While he smashed 7 boundaries and one six opposite Pakistan, the Indian opener left South Africans worried with 16 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Raina-Dhoni partnership against Zimbabwe
With Suresh Raina scoring 110 along with Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who scored 85, the duo combined an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 196 at the Eden Park to offer the sixth continuous success in the tournament.
India against Bangladesh – Rohit Sharma’s century
The outstanding score of Rohit Sharma of 137 runs off 126 balls at the Melbourne Cricket Ground led to a dominating total of 302 for 6. The team enjoyed a great victory with 109 runs over Bangladesh, however, with a lot of criticism from the Bangladeshi supporters who alleged that the umpire, hailing from Pakistan did a foul play.
Semi-Final clash against Australia – Dhoni scoring 65
While his boys could not do much with the bat in their innings while chasing 328 runs scored by Aussies in the semi-final war at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a crowd of over 89, 000, Captain Cool hit a 65-run knock. Unfortunately, even that could not do enough for India as Dhoni’s boys were bowled out for 233 offering the ticket to World Cup final against New Zealand to Australia