People shouted, echoed, waved the tri-colours, when the reigning champions gave the Mauka to each and every Indian, only to cherish their biggest wins. Losing is not considered as an option in a fanatically cricket mad nation.
We defeated our arch-rivals, Pakistan. We also defeated the Proteas. We defeated the minnows. India dominated their opponents with zeal and passion. Our Men in Blue played like Champions and now the team looks forward to keep the winning momentum going. India now steps into the grounds of WACA to face the West Indies.
India dictated their terms when they last met the Windies in a bilateral ODI series. The Caribbean team has come a long way under its new Captain Jason Holder. And they have reacted strongly by defeating Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup 2015.
Team India is in a comfortable position in their match against West Indies. It will be quite interesting to witness a clash which involves the reigning Champions, India and much improved Indies.
History is darling to India
The Friday match will balance the card between India and West Indies as it will be clash between two-time Champions vs two-time Champions. The ICC World Champions of 1975 and 1979 editions will take on the Champions of 1983 and 2011. India and West Indies have faced each other seven times in the nine previous editions of World Cup, where India enjoys a lead of 4-3.
It is quite interesting that Kapil Dev ended the stranglehold of the Caribbeans when India met the Windies in the year 1983. Indian Cricket Team never looked back since.
The Holi Astro
Friday will be Holi in India and it is quite fascinating that the two teams met each other on Holi itself, in 2011 ICC World Cup. India won the game convincingly. So can the Holi Magic work again for Team India?
Get Rid of Gayle
It becomes quite impossible for a team to win when players like Chris Gayle are on rampage. There is very little for bowlers to make it quick when storms like Gayle are on the song. The trio of Indian bowling line-up, Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma needs to bowl well against Gayle in order to pick the initial momentum for Team India.
Chris Gayle Vs Virat Kohli
Both Gayle and Kohli are the backbone of IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore. But both of them are the key to the prospects of both the teams. While Kohli seems confident with a solid hundred against arch-rivals Pakistan, Gayle nailed Zimbabwe with his massive stroke of 215 runs. This Friday the two IPL team-mates will look forward to face each other in their biggest rivalry of the Carnival of Cricket, The ICC World Cup. If Kohli fires, India has a very little chance to loose.
Dhoni Vs Jason
Captain cool Dhoni is known to keep his nerves calm in crucial matches like that of the World Cup. Will Holder be inspired to beat Dhoni in his own game? And a win against the defending champions would boost the morale of incumbent Windies Captain Jason Holder. Team India heavily relies upon its strong batting line up under the experience and expertise of Captain Cool, Dhoni while Holder would lead the bowling line of West Indies in the turn favouring pitch of WACA.
Ashwin Vs Sulieman Benn
Ashwin and Sulieman both form the base of bowling line-up in their respective teams. Both of them have the capability to exploit the bounce and turn the ball with extra bite to make a difference. Be it Ashwin or Sulieman Benn, whosoever prevails, could dictate terms. The world now ought to take Indian bowlers seriously as the trio; Shami, Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav are all ready to set the rhythm after their impressive performance against Pakistan, South Africa and the UAE.
India Need to Score big
We know that 290 is not a big score. India needs to score more than 300 which means that our Batsmen need to play their natural game. Crossing 300 run-marks leaves a deep psychological impact against the rival team. A tutorial of which has been already given by Chris Gayle at Canberra when he smashed 215 off just 147 balls.
Team India: Don’t Ignore the Indies
But one should never forget that small teams come loaded with bigger dreams. And we have lost miserably against Bangladesh in the group stage of the World Cup 2007. Ireland implemented the same strategy to defeat West Indies. Whatever the effort big teams put in, a team like West Indies will surely give tough challenge to the reigning champions. Dhoni’s boys should not take West Indies for granted.
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India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny, Axar Patel, Ambati Rayudu.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jonathan Carter, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder (capt), Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Jerome Taylor, Johnson Charles.