2023 is a special year for Indian sports. Right from 100 medals in Asian Games for the first time to Men’s Hockey team winning Asia Cup, there is so much to celebrate. Fortunately, India’s favourite sport – Cricket too didn’t fail to impress us in the global stage with a zero losing streak in a given world cup for the first time.
Men in blue are now in the semi-finals and are all set to face the defending champions New Zealand on 15 November 2023 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. But seeing New Zealand’s chase of 383 runs on 28 October 2023, team India is facing an opponent who will ensure every moment counts. As fans of cricket, we Indians are keenly waiting to see India playing the finals at Ahmedabad on Sunday, which is pretty obvious. But what is not obvious are the some reasons mentioned below for which men in blue must win this world cup.
It is the fourth time for India to host the World Cup and the stadiums were fully packed with Indian fans cheering for Men in Blue. In such a scenario, the team cannot afford to lose the cup. The team India has set an impeccable benchmark so far and the hopes are high.
Possibly the last world cup for Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly one of the best captains India had. His efforts in pushing the team to score more than 100 within the first few overs is pretty commendable. There are rumours that he might retire before the next world cup which is on 2027. For that reason, expectations are high on him. On that note, he will possibly make an attempt to make the team deliver its best.
Clean Sweep Record by a team after 2007
While Ricky Ponting was the Captain of Australian Cricket team in the 2000s, he ensured the team remained unbeatable. In 2003 and 2007 world cups, he led the team to victory with a zero loss record. Similarly, India now stands a chance of setting a clean sweep record of winning 11 matches in a world cup.
With all said and done…
Expectations are high, and team India this time has the right combination of batsmen and bowlers. However, will they be able to confine the defending champions effectively? And even if they do so, will the team replicate the 2011 success story? Let us wait and watch. Yet, as fans of cricket, we Indians wish the team doesn’t lose in its home ground.