Men's ODI World Cup 2023: India becomes the first team to go unbeatable

India made history on Sunday by becoming the first team to win all nine games in a round-robin tournament. They had previously trounced the Netherlands by an overwhelming 160 runs. Indian domination continued in the World Cup when they began the campaign with a resounding victory over powerful Australia. This came after their decisive triumph in the Asia Cup, where they lifted the trophy. In the semifinals in Pune on Wednesday, India will now play New Zealand.

In the past, Australia (2003) and Sri Lanka (1996) nearly achieved eight victories apiece.

Afghanistan and Pakistan threatened the Blackcaps’ quest for semifinal qualification when they dropped four straight games after an undefeated start, but the 2015 and 2019 finalists held strong, defeating Sri Lanka in their last league game to advance alongside India, South Africa, and Australia in the knockout stages.

Only two teams have emerged victorious from the Cricket World Cup after going undefeated the entire time. Australia had done so in 2003 and 2007, the West Indies in 1975 and 1979. The record is shared between Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, who together amassed 318 runs in a 1999 Taunton match against Sri Lanka.

In the game against, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer amassed the fourth-highest partnership for India in ODI World Cup history with 208 runs.

In the current World Cup, it was also India’s first double-hundred stand.

“I think we have a lot of confidence and belief in ourselves because of how we have responded to pressure thus far. Nothing about how we exercise or prepare will change, in my opinion. I have a lot of confidence since right now the group dynamic and atmosphere are incredibly positive. Playing what’s in front of us is all that’s possible. enduring the present. Play a good game of cricket, prepare well, and plan effectively, said Rahul Dravid.

India and New Zealand will compete in the first semi-final on November 15 and the second semi-final on November 16 between Australia and South Africa. The final match will be held at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, 19th November.

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