New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be a happy skipper of the Indian cricket team who look solid as an unit and are delivering the goods to their liking. India overcame minnows United Arab Emirates in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015 in a Pool B encounter in Perth on Saturday. The nine-wicket victory sees the Asian giants at the summit of their group.
After convincing victories against arch-rivals Pakistan and a much fancied South Africa, MS Dhoni's side did short work of UAE to keep a 100% record so far.
India will take plenty of positives from the tie against UAE after a vulnerable Rohit Sharma ticked off the box by getting some much needed confidence after slamming a good looking 57 runs. More over the bowling too looked solid with Ravichandran Ashwin getting vital wickets. Being India's prime spinner, Ashwin will look to carry on the performance further as the tournament progresses.
Ashwin's variety was notable and is proving to be vital for Dhoni. Scotland cricketer Majid Haq was happy to see Ashwin bowl the traditional arm ball.
He expressed his views on social micro-blogging site, Twitter.
— Majid Haq (@MajidHaq) February 28, 2015
Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma too have continued with their good work since the first match and in big matches it will do Dhoni a lot of good.
What is pleasing to the eye is that India are doing well collectively and the approach was needed by a side that are defending the World Cup. Going into the next match against West Indies, the convincing win against UAE will add to belief in the team even further.
Prior to the mega event, India were dismal in the Test series 'Down Under' against Australia and their poor form continued in the ODI tourney involving the hosts and England. There were concerns by pundits and fans alike about their performance in pace friendly wickets in Australia and New Zealand. With both their batting and bowling suffering then, and the team trying to find a balance, there was a lot of uncertainity sorrounding the team.
But the side have worked hard to chip in the right time with several key players coming back to form and the balance of the side clicking well which will please the skipper. Moreover the long stay in Australia have also worked well for the side and they are looking to feel more like at home.
India face West Indies next at the same venue at the WACA in Perth on March 6th.