Rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Michael Clarke of Australia may have their hands full trying to keep frayed tempers in check during a potentially explosive World Cup semi-final on Thursday.
As India broke a long-standing World Cup jinx against South Africa here on Sunday, appreciation and congratulatory messages poured in from the cricket fraternity which hailed the team's "terrific" all-round performance in front of a packed MCG.
India's 2011 World Cup winning stars Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar lauded the victorious Indian team who beat arch-rivals Pakistan in the on going 2015 event in Adelaide on Sunday.
Out-of-favour batsmen Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, integral members of India's 2011 World Cup-winning side, Monday said they were disappointed at being ignored for the team chosen for the 2015 edition of the tournament.
In a clear sign of looking for the future, the national cricket selection panel led by Sandeep Patil today dashed the frail comeback hopes of 'Player of 2011 World Cup' Yuvraj Singh for the mega event starting next month in Australia and New Zealand.
Some stellar performances by seasoned veterans and promising youngsters continued to raise the bar in Olympic sports but there was heartbreak in equal measure when corruption scandals blighted India's favourite obsession, cricket, in a see-saw year for the country's sportspersons.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and his Punjab team-mate Yuvraj Singh, both axed from the national team, today offered no reaction on the India captain Mahendra Sinh Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket.
Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh used long handle to a good effect as his attacking half-century ensured a three-wicket win and full points for the visitors against last year's runners-up Maharashtra in a Ranji Trophy group match, here today.
From Rohit Sharma's record breaking double ton in ODIs, the team's never-ending overseas woes, to the controversy surrounding BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan over IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal, Indian cricket had the good, bad and ugly in equal measure in 2014.
This is truly the end of an era in Indian cricket. After finding themselves out of India's 30-man 2015 World Cup probables list, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir joined the likes of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who lost central contract.
Two days after senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and a few former India players came out in support of the much-debated Decision Review System, the Cricket Board maintained today that the referral process in its current form is unacceptable.
With close decisions going against India of late, current and former cricketers feel it is high time the BCCI give its nod to the contentious Decision Review System as refusal to accept technology is hurting the team badly.
Jagmohan Dalmiya's partnership with Punjab Cricket Association boss IS Bindra propelled him to the top of the BCCI echelons. The duo changed the rules of cricket administration as they maximized the television rights of Indian cricket.