By knocking three- time defending Champion Australia out in the Quarter Final Contest at Motera in Ahmadabad, Team India has shown high standard of professionaliam and extra-ordinary united effort. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his teammates put everything into the game and took revenge from the defending chapion of their defeat eight years ago in the final of the World Cup contest by them.
The team India has also lifted up its game to the level of a champion. They played like champion in every department of the game in the Quarter Final.Though credit goes for the victory to the effort and performance of the entire team under the leadership of Dhoni, Yuraj Singh has proved once again that he is a real match winner for Team India. His consistency, stylish stroke playing ability and temperament of playing to the demand of the situation make him a champion player of Team India. The way he has got his form back with the start of the World Cup and has come up to the expectation of cricket fans is exemplary. It is also the characteristic of Yuvi to perform well on big stage of the game. How well he is consistently performing is the proof of his winning award for Man of the Match in four consecutive matches in the ongoing World Cup.
After restricting Australia to 260 for 6, largely built around Ricky Ponting’s 104, the Indians held their nerves to overhaul the target with 14 balls to spare with Yuvraj Singh (57 not out), Sachin Tendulkar (53) and being the star batting performers.In a cracker of a contest, fortune fluctuated from one team to the other before Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina (34 not out) tilted the balance in India’s favour with an unbeaten 74 run partnership to send a capacity crowd at the Sardar Patel stadium into a frenzy.Barring a few lapses here and there, it was a clinical display by the Indians as they ended Australia’s reign as world champions and have given a huge boost to their campaign to regain the coveted trophy after a gap of 28 years.
Yuvraj Singh slammed Brett Lee to the boundary to bring about the dramatic victory as the Indian players and officals hugged each to celebrate the triumph amidst deafening cheers from nearly 43,000 spectators.India will now travel to Mohali for the much anticipated semi-final match against bitter foes Pakistan.
The victory jaggernaut has not ended yet but now it has begun now and Team India has to come out victorious. The great challenge lies ahead in Semi Final at Mohali on March 30 when Team India will play against their arch rival Pakistan. If history repeats itself, Team India is bound to knock its arch rival out of the World by crushing them in Mohali.
Atmosphere all over the nation charged up with emotion for the cricket contest between India and Pakistan, the two neighbouring countries. Mohali contest will be no less than a war between the two teams. As Team India is strong favourite of the World Cup and far better side than Pakistan, much depends on the performance of the team on that eventful day. But if Yuvraj kept his stunning performance continuing with bat and ball, Sachin Tendulkar remain champion as always, Sehwag roars like lion on the opponent and Zaheer Khan displayed his remarkable reverse wsing, Team India under Dhoni will defeat Pakistan in Semi Final.