Indian Juggernaut beats New Zealand, thunders into ICC World Cup’23 finale against Australia


By Sunil Sarpal

How can you describe VIRAT KOHLI?  He considers Sachin Tendulkar as his hero although he has surpassed Sachin’s record of 49 ODI tons.  Virat Kohli stands tall with 50 ODI tons and is supremely fit at the age of 35 yrs.  Virat’s approach to batting is monumental.  He plays his game studded with sublime shots along the ground.  He takes full measure of the proceedings which include pitch behaviour, movement or spin imparted by bowlers before launching for his shots.  He brings in some kind of stability to the proceedings so that from the other end  batters can bloom and maintain a healthy run rate.  In other words,  Virat is the backbone of Indian Cricket whose presence in the middle gives lot of confidence to other batters to express themselves.  

Virat Kohli – Sky is not the limit for his sixers

In the on-going ICC tournament,  India has knocked down all the teams so as to pave a berth in the finals.  

In the semis,  India was pitted against New Zealand considered to be one of the favourates to lift the trophy.  

After winning the all-crucial toss,  Rohit chose to bat first on a wicket where there was not much on offer for the bowlers.  

Rohit, as an opener, launched a blistering attack on Kiwi bowlers and set the tone of the match with his trademark shots.  Rohit’s ability to see the ball early enables him to pull and hook the ball disdainly.  Right from the word go, he puts the opposition on backfoot, such is his class to command the proceedings.  His brutal attack up-front leaves the bowlers a demoralized unit.  

All Indian batters are in prime form, be it Gill, Iyer, Rahul or Jadeja.  

The highlights of the match was contributions from two centurians –  KOHLI and IYER,  80 by Gill and 47 by Rohit.  

Iyer’s 6-hitting ability enabled India to put up a mammoth total of 397 runs on  board.  A target such as this is in itself a daunting task for Kiwi batters.  

in this tournament, India’s basket of pace bowlers is over flowing.  In Bumrah, Shami and Siraj,  India cannot expect a better pace attack.  Shami, in particular, makes in-roads when there is a sign of partnership build up.  In this tournament, Shami has bagged 5 and above wicket haul three times.  5 wickets are considered equivalent to a century. In the semifinal he took an astounding 7 wicket haul.

Mohammad Shami who mesmerizes the batsmen with his bowling

From Kiwi’s side, Mitchel and Williamson put up some kind of resistance to the proceedings and steadied the drowning Kiwi ship.  (Mitchel 139 and Williamson 69).  But this was not enough and Kiwis lost the match by a margin of 70 runs.  

India has entered the finals and shall face Aussies for they beat Protos by three wickets in the second semis to get a berth in the finals.  The ICC Trophy is just a match away from the hot favourates – INDIA.  

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7 Responses

  1. Avatar J.S.Gill says:

    Indian openers have performed well in this tournament getting runs on board with a good run rate. This gives Kohli time to get set before opening up. To compare Kohli and Tendulkar is akin to comparing Ronaldo and Messie. While Ronaldo probably scores more goals and win matches for his team, Messie is a treat to watch with his finesse at dribbling and sheer football artistry. Similarly, Kohli is a run machine winning matches, but watching Tendulkar at the crease, executing sublime strokes was sheer ecstasy.
    Maybe Hardik getting hurt was a ‘blessing’ as otherwise Shammi may not have been asked to play. Shammi turned out to be a solid formidable rock for india; decimating opponents match after match.

  2. Avatar SR says:

    Kohli is definitely one of the modern greats of cricket. I however find that whenever he is approaching his century or milestone, he slows down too early (say after 80s only) and sometimes it seems it is costing the team about 20 runs which could make a crucial difference in tight games?

  3. Avatar D K Sharma says:

    Great write up & well deserved for Kohli & Team India.

    Semi Final was good for us but I give no less credit to Shami who knocked out 7 Newzealander’s & ensured win ! Good total was given & any team could have faulted chasing it, but it could have been chased on this wicket.

    Winning ten games in World Cup in a row shows the mindset team has got at present.

    Mohammed Shami’s 7-wicket haul for 57 runs sealed fate for Newzealand.
    picked up 7 wickets for 57 runs in 9.5 overs. Daryl Mitchell scored 134 runs under severe pressure deserves credit too.


  4. Avatar Ashpk says:

    India beat new zealand by 11 player’s on the field most player’s contributed according to their task.
    Well done. Hopefully they will climb the ladder to the top and claim the trophy.

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