India’s captain Virat Kohli (right) interacts with batting coach Sanjay Bangar during a practice in Southampton on Thursday. Associated Press
Australia and India will be aiming to finish top of the World Cup league phase and so avoid facing hosts England in the semi-finals as they prepare for the final day of round-robin matches.
It was a superb display by the underdog Black Caps, who came into the match on the back of three straight defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England and only qualified for the semi-finals on net run-rate, while India topped the 10-team group stage.
Cricket-mad Indians tried on Thursday to come to terms with their shock World Cup exit, with the Times of India telling readers “The Sun will still rise tomorrow” and Ravindra Jadeja emerging as a new national hero.
The 38-year-old criticised the board after a video of former Pakistan domestic cricketer Fazal Subhan driving a pick up van went viral on social media last week.
India skipper Virat Kohli said on Sunday the team’s “hunger” to keep improving has led to their record 11th-straight Test series win at home after outplaying South Africa by an innings and 137 runs.
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