Australia captain Michael Clarke on Thursday said that even though they have outclassed India in the semi-final, their task isn't over yet as they have to be at their best to beat a spirited New Zealand side in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Attributing India's ouster from the World Cup to crucial missed opportunities, former cricketers on Thursday said the team needed a big knock from a top-order batsman to have a shot at overhauling the mammoth Australian total.
Dejected with Indian batsmen's poor shot selection in their 329-run chase, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the pressure of the cricket World Cup semi-final got to the team as it was outplayed by Australia here on Thursday.
A crestfallen Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said opener Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal was the turning point in the cricket World Cup semi-final against Australia, which his team lost by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no excuses for India's 95-run loss to Australia in the cricket World Cup semi-finals but said the fast bowlers could have done "slightly better" and Shikhar Dhawan should not have attempted a big shot when they were going smoothly.
Australia captain Michael Clarke expects temperamental opener David Warner to be on his best behaviour in Thursday`s World Cup semi-final against India, but Mitchell Johnson is ready to step up the sledging war.
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.
The case with Rohit Sharma is often about unfulfilled desires and untimely expressions. On Thursday, the hugely talented Indian batsman gifted himself an innings of supreme class and confidence booster going into the decisive phase of 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Indian cricket team's Director Ravi Shastri played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup, according to a team official.
Giving all the actors their desired roles is simply not possible in any stage. However, there are some who exist to take their chanches, cease the moment and script their own stories. Indian cricketer Suresh Raina is one of those fastidious actors, who knows what to do, and when.