As Ramiz Raja shouted on the mike when Umesh Yadav took the catch of Sohail Khan, the entire team cheered at the ground, people busted crackers, and yes the Mauka belonged to Indians as we defeated Pakistan, sixth time in a row.
After defeating its arch-rival Pakistan, the reigning Champions, India is all set to face South Africa in the biggest carnival of cricket. India now faces one of the strong contenders of the title, South Africa at the famed ground of Melbourne on Sunday.
Great knocks, stealthily bowling, massive catches, stupendous cricketing action and more than 90,000 people cheering for their respective nations to win, that’s the craze of ICC World Cup matches. Millions are geared up to get a dose of the fabulous event when reigning Champions takes on South Africa.
History is no darling
India has never defeated South Africa in the World Cup. South Africa has an enviable record of 3-0 against India in the biggest celebration of Cricket. India and South Africa have met thrice in 1992, 1999, 2011 and India never got the Mauka to defeat the Proteas. But all three games played were extremely tight.
1992 (Adelaide): Kirsten Vs Kapil
The crunchy match witnessed a witty batting performance by Captain M. Azharuddin scoring 79 and Kapil Dev’s fabulous inning of 42 runs in just 29 balls. But Peter Kirsten (84) and AC Hudson (53) runs took the game away from India. South Africa won by six wickets.
India: 180/6 (30)
South Africa: 181/4 (29.1)
1999 Hove: When Legends Fought- Ganguly Vs Kallis
India posted a strong score of 253 runs with the help of spectacular batting performance by Sourav Ganguly (97) runs. But winning knock played by J.Kallis (96) snatched victory from India. South Africa won the match by 4 wickets.
India: 253/5 (50)
South Africa: 254/6 (47.2)
2011 Nagpur: Ton-Dulkar but Mauka Awaits
Although India won the ICC World Cup 2011 but they were at the receiving end when India collapsed at the hands of the Proteas for thrilling three wicket win. Even Sachin’s fabulous innings of 111 runs could not save India to win continue its journey of triumphs in 2011.
India: 296 (48.4)
South Africa: 300/7 (49.4)
The Stigma of Toss
History scares team India as it shows that Proteas just need to ensure that they win the toss and they need to bat second to emerge victorious. However the new script is to be written and it can undoubtedly change the course of strategies and actions.
Kirsten Now Belong to the Proteas
South Africa can plot India’s downfall with the help of Gary Kirsten, former coach of Indian Team. He has a fair knowledge about strengths and weaknesses of players such as Dhoni, Virat, Raina and R.Jadeja.
Dale Steyn is the deadliest weapon in the armory of South African team. Stupendous pace and length at which he bowls can make the Indian batting line up fall like the deck of the cards. Dhoni and his boys need to be extra vigil while facing Steyn.
I-21, O-425, M-94, Run-1319, W-63, Best, 7-51
Captain Cool, Dhoni, knows how to sail through this. He had to lead team India from the front and no cricketer has ever handled pressure better than MS Dhoni. His presence unites the team and makes the Champion team a good unit going into their crucial game against South Africa.
India has got the start
Defeating their arch-rivals in the very first game of the tournament, India looks confident. They have got an emotion-laden match against Pakistan out of their way. Now the challenge awaits for Men in Blue to defend the title.
Virat for Victory
MS Dhoni is leading a team with an aggressive batting line up. India heavily relies on the performance of its batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rahane and Dhoni himself. Spectacular match winning innings played by Virat Kohli in a crunchy match against Pakistan boost the theory well.
South Africa needs to respect Indian bowling line up comprising of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma which can be deadly. They need to really bowl well against Amla and De Villiers.
South Africa might have defeated India thrice, but never won the title of being the World Champions. On the other hand, India has tasted the slice of World Cup victory twice. CashKaro.com wishes Team India a very good luck for their next match against South Africa.
Also read our blog: The World Cup Journey of Team India