India’s defense of the Cricket World Cup got off to a terrific start in Adelaide with a convincing win over Pakistan on Sunday. That extended its success against its rival to six wins out of six in the history of the tournament. There is a long way to go in the 2015 version, but there are signs – some rooted deeply in science – that India will lift its third Cricket World Cup come the end of March.
7 Reasons Why India Will Win the World Cup
In a word: Kohli. The 26-year-old Delhi boy is the David Beckham of cricket, but unlike the English underpants horse he actually plays for a decent team that has pedigree at major tournaments. Beckham and his English soccer mob were never going to win a World Cup. They were more likely to win a scone-making competition at a village fête. Actually, they’d probably be disqualified for mixing up the jam and cream.
M S Dhoni
M S Dhoni Is The Most Successful Captain Indian Cricket Ever Have. After India’s opening match against Pakistan, MS Dhoni had said that bowling sides were resorting to short of a length in the World Cup and challenging batsmen to play big strokes. At their full training session in the afternoon at Junction Oval in St Kilda in suburban Melbourne, two days before their second World Cup group game against South Africa, his team worked that plan into the routine: the India quick bowlers tried mostly back of a length or full length in the nets, and their batsmen tried to attack them as often as they could.
Apart from the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, the Indian team will have the greatest number of supporters at this World Cup. The Swami Army and thousands of other fans become the so-called 12th man of the team, cheering when things go well, cheering when things go wrong, cheering when someone takes a single, and dancing all the time.