Riding high on its winning stride defending champion India after thrashing Bangladesh with an impressive 109-run victory is poised to face the official No.1 team of the world, Australia in the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2015 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on March 26 (Thursday).
Having won all the matches in the tournament India is on sky nine and aspires to retain the World Cup. However Captain Cool, Dhoni is taking no changes. In an interview he has made it clear India would not get carried away with their impressive form and will take every match gravely.
What makes India the most formidable team is that they were the underdogs when the entered the World Cup. They were completely whitewashed in the test series against Australia. However hats off to Dhoni he peeped enough energy in the boys so much so that team India made a comeback with a vengeances! Just as a wounded tiger becomes more lethal on being injured likewise India pounced upon its opponents in the World Cup matches after a humiliating defeat in Australia.
India’s strength as a powerful team can be gauged from the fact that team India bowled out all their seven opponents and registered 10 wickets win on all the seven teams in a row thus creating a record in the World Cup. In addition each player chipped in when required. Rohit Sharma, who was criticized maximum turned out to be the dark horse in the match against Bangladesh.
Dhoni himself believes, "We have won all the matches in a row. Such a thing has never really happened with the Indian cricket team in the past, so it's definitely a big positive," he said. "What's important is to still keep improving. Whatever we have not done right in this game, we would like to do it properly in the next one, “he quipped.
Dhoni’s captaincy is thus winning applause from all quarters. Even his foes are praising Dhoni beyond limit. In fact even Australia Captain Michael Clarke is all praises for Dhoni.
“I think MS Dhoni deserves a lot of credit the way he's been able to turn things around as the leader, as the captain,” he said and added, “India is obviously playing a lot better than they were throughout the start of the summer and leading into the World Cup. We are looking forward to meet them in the semi final.”
Thus be prepared for an explosive semi final as Dhoni and his men in blue will leave no stone unturned to clinch the semi final against the mighty Australia. It would be surely a great match to watch since it’s always fun to watch the giants butt heads.