It's going to be India versus New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC World Cup on Tuesday. Ahead of the match, the German Ambassador of India took to his Twitter handle to cheer for the team.
Walter J. Lindner wrote that Germany backs India and wishes that the team goes to lift the trophy for the third time. Read his full tweet -
Commenting on the tweet, a user suggested to Lindner to consolidate a cricket team of Germany for the next World Cup, to which he said that it would be 'unfair to India' but the user @KripaSharma19 later made a fair point in response to that and Lindner too agreed with her. Read the banter below -
The Cricket World Cup is reaching crunch time. Six teams have gone home, leaving India, Australia, England and New Zealand to fight it out for the title.
Given cricket's status back home, India might be under the most pressure but Virat Kohli says his team is equipped to handle it. The India captain says "every game is full of pressure — it never feels like any game has been easy for us at all, always. I can't remember the last time I stepped onto the field and thought, 'It doesn't really matter what happens in this game.'"
The team batting first has won all five matches at Old Trafford this Cricket World Cup. It doesn't concern India captain Virat Kohli heading into the semifinal there against New Zealand.
"It's a stat that I think is connected to pressure and not the pitch, to be honest," Kohli said. And that's where Kohli thinks India might have the edge in the playoffs.
"We are better equipped to react in these situations," he said, "because we know what these kind of games are and our fan base, and the expectations they bring." India also has the highest-scoring batsman in the tournament in opener Rohit Sharma, who has struck an unprecedented five centuries and a total of 647 runs. He needs 27 more runs to break the record for a single edition, held by fellow Indian Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli says Sharma is "at the moment the top ODI player in the world."
(With inputs from agencies)