Impressed by India's good showing in the cricket World Cup, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad believes the current lot of players should be persisted with and they will deliver in the next 50-over showpiece event in England.
Defending an under-fire Virat Kohli, Indian cricket Team Director Ravi Shastri on monday said the swashbuckling batsman's ordinary run in the World Cup had nothing to do with his actress-girlfriend Anushka Sharma's presence and to call it that is "utter nonsense".
The biggest positive for the Indian cricket team in this World Cup has been the performance of its pacers and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the trio of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma should not be forced to play domestic events to ensure that they don't burn out.
The transformation of India`s bowlers at the World Cup has been "wonderful to watch" and the reigning champions will have a great chance of reaching the final if 10 Australian wickets tumble on Thursday, says Virat Kohli.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels "persistence and resilience" were key to Indian bowlers' remarkable turnaround in the ongoing cricket World Cup, especially after their disappointing outing in the series Down Under that preceded the mega-event.
Rohit Sharma blasted a strokeful century as defending champions India stormed into the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup by thrashing a hapless Bangladesh by 109 runs in a lop-sided contest here on Thursday.
India are settled, in winning form and are well accustomed to Australian playing conditions for their pressure World Cup quarter-final with Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, batsman Suresh Raina said Wednesday.
For the first time in World Cup history, four teams from Asia have qualified for the quarter-finals. On Sunday, Pakistan defeated Ireland by seven wickets to join Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in the knockout round.
Celebrated author Jeffrey Archer, an avid cricket follower, says the Indian team's performance in the initial matches of the ongoing World Cup has surprised him and if they continue with this form they stand a good chance of retaining the trophy.