As Australia and India faced off on Thursday to compete for a spot in the Cricket World Cup final, conversation on Facebook exploded as millions joined in ball-by-ball commentary during the crucial game.
Not a single Indian cricketer found a place in the ICC's World Cup XI which was dominated by runners-up New Zealand rather than champions Australia with Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum as its captain.
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.
Millions of cricket enthusiasts are eagerly waiting to see the new world champions raise a toast and lift the coveted trophy. And in India, where cricket is not a sport but a religion, the atmosphere is thoroughly electric. Every Indian wants to see the defending Champions- Team India - bring back the World Cup home, yet again.
ICC chairman and former BCCI president N Srinivasan will watch India's World Cup semifinal against hosts Australia along with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur while current president Jagmohan Dalmiya will not be in attendance due to health reasons.
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.
Backbone of Indian batting line-up, Virat Kohli and compact top-order batsman in Ajinkya Rahane are struggling to convert their starts into big knocks in the on-going ICC World Cup. Kohli did scored a ton in the opening match against arch-rivals Pakistan, since then he couldn't even manage to reach the fifty-run mark in the following six matches.
Indian pacers will struggle to match Wahab Riaz-like domination against Australia in the World Cup semifinal and the baggage of a forgettable summer against the hosts may also haunt the defending champions, says former India bowling coach Joe Dawes.
In the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015, an unbeaten Indian team will meet Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Though on paper Australia are a robust unit, the world champions can still beat them to book a berth in the final.