India moved to the top of Group 2 with a 56-run triumph over Netherlands in Sydney. With victories against Pakistan and now the Netherlands, India is the only team in the competition that has not yet been defeated, and they need just one more victory to fully solidify their hopes of making it into the semi-finals. On Thursday, India competed against the Netherlands and put on a clinical performance. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav all scored half-centuries, and India’s bowlers ran through the Dutch batting order.
Nevertheless, in spite of the victory, former India captain Kapil Dev has issued a stern warning to Rohit and the rest of the team in front of the next match, which will take place against South Africa in Perth on Sunday. Kapil believes that India needs to solve a handful of issues before it is too late, and even though there has been a significant improvement in their bowling when they are under pressure, there are still a few more items that need to be checked off the list if India is going to win the whole thing.
“The game of bowling has been improved. When it came to their batting, I thought India could have scored more runs, but they made up for it by scoring more than 100 runs in their final 10 overs. Because the grounds are so large, the spinners have a little advantage in this match. In certain situations, I would still believe that our bowling might use some improvement “Kapil stated on ABP News.
“When playing against a side like the Netherlands, you need to have a well-thought-out plan for where to bowl in terms of both line and length. Because you are practising, but you also need to win the match, there should not be any no-balls or wides in these kinds of matches. This is the most important thing to keep in mind. So, taking everything into consideration, I would say that the bowling was good; nonetheless, there were still some flaws present.”
Before Rohit Sharma decided to strike the ball, India got off to a slow start on the first hole. In the final ten over’s of their innings, India scored 112 runs, thanks in large part to an unbroken partnership of 95 runs scored by Kohli and Suryakumar. In their turn with the ball, India committed three wides and one no-ball (bowled by Arshdeep Singh). Despite the fact that these errors did not constitute a criminal offence in any way, shape, or form, Kapil believes that they could have been controlled better, especially against a team like Netherlands.
“In this team, Suryakumar Yadav has truly made the most of the opportunities he has been given. For scoring runs at such a rapid pace, he ought to be recognized even more. India would still like Rohit Sharma, their captain, to be a bit more compact, and they would like Rahul to make some runs. Virat Kohli should bat near the end of the innings because of his ability to accelerate, but if he is given the opportunity to bat for the full 20 overs, this team has the potential to chase down any total. Over the course of the previous one or two years, he was the player that we had been looking for the hardest: who is going to bat for us at No. 4? There were competitors, but they were not the kind of contenders that we discovered in Suryakumar “said Kapil.