Team India are having an outstanding run in the ongoing edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. India along with New Zealand are the only undefeated sides in the tournament so far. India are placed at fourth spot in the points table with seven points from four games. The Men In Blue have registered convincing wins against South Africa, reigning World Champions Australia and arch-rivals Pakistan respectively. Whereas their contest against New Zealand was washed away due to rain as both teams shared a point each.
Meanwhile, the Virat Kohli-led side were hailed by their fans after their comprehensive 89-run (DLS) method win over arch-rivals Pakistan. Nonetheless, their head coach Ravi Shastri has asked them to control their emotions and not to get carried away by it since their focus is to reach the finals of the World Cup. Until then, Shastri has urged the players to treat this victory as any other game in the tournament.
It seems that the players have heeded to their coach's advice as they were seen sweating it out in the nets. All-rounder Vijay Shankar was seen focussing hard on his bowling. Shankar had picked up a wicket on the very first ball of his World Cup debut when he had scalped Pakistani opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq. He had also removed Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to turn the high-octane clash into a mere formality thereafter. Apart from Shankar, even spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were practicing in the nets while captain Virat Kohli gave some tips to young all-rounder Hardik Pandya during the practice session.
Kuldeep's delivery to get rid off a well-set Babar Azam was regarded as the 'Ball of the Century' by many. The chinaman bowler also dismissed the dangerous Fakhar Zaman as Pakistan suffered a batting collapse soon after. 'King Kohli' had scored a 65-ball 77 which propelled India to a good total while Pandya was one of the stars of India's famous win. Batting at number 4, he had played an amazing cameo of a 19-ball 26 and picked up two crucial wickets of Pakistan's most experienced batsmen Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to derail their innings.
Mohammed Shami, who will now be sharing the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah for the next couple of games in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been rested due to a hamstring niggle also worked on his bowling. In the end, the centurion of India's win in the last game, Rohit Sharma was also seen preparing hard in the nets with the bat.
India will now face Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday.