In a resounding display of cricketing supremacy, India delivered a remarkable performance in the 2023 World Cup, dismantling Sri Lanka by an astonishing margin of 302 runs at the renowned Wankhede Stadium. Undefeated in the tournament leading up to this encounter, India not only extended their winning streak to seven but also clinched a spot in the semifinals, making them the first team to achieve this milestone in the current edition of the competition. Their dominance was on full display as they posted an imposing total of 357/8 after being asked to bat first, followed by a merciless dismantling of Sri Lanka, who could muster only 55 runs.
The one-sided nature of this contest drew parallels with the Asia Cup final in September of the same year when India dismissed Sri Lanka for a paltry 50 runs before chasing down the target in just seven overs.
In this latest clash, Mohammed Shami once again emerged as the star with the ball, securing his third five-wicket haul in World Cup matches. Furthermore, Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah added to Sri Lanka’s misery with their exceptional bowling performances. Following this commanding display, former England captain Michael Atherton lavished praise on the Indian bowlers, going as far as labeling the current trio as the “preeminent” pace attack he has ever witnessed.
“In my view, they have unequivocally established themselves as the standout team,” remarked Atherton during the latest installment of The ICC Review podcast.
“Their bowling unit is peerless, and that’s the aspect that has truly distinguished them. While they are undoubtedly a well-rounded side, their performance against Sri Lanka in Mumbai tonight and their ability to rattle the England team in Lucknow with early breakthroughs, these seamers are providing crucial assistance to the spinners.”
Atherton continued, “This is a phenomenal bowling lineup. The quality and depth of India’s pace attack have undergone a remarkable transformation since my playing days.”
He added, “I’m not certain I have ever witnessed a more formidable pace attack than the one currently fielded by India.”
India’s next challenge will be against the high-flying South Africa in their eighth match of the tournament. South Africa has suffered only one defeat and remains the most substantial threat to India’s top position, largely due to a superior Net Run Rate.
Atherton anticipates that this match will offer a glimpse of what to expect in the knockout stages, stating, “It will be a preview of what lies ahead – whether the players can maintain their composure and whether South Africa can continue to exhibit their aggressive and effective batting against India’s formidable pace attack.”
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