Wasim Akram impressed by India’s early World Cup dominance, says: ‘Like a runaway train’

After a back-to-back 274-run chase in Dharamsala against New Zealand on October 22 in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, India are at the top of the points table and are the only team to have won all five matches.

This was touted as the Indian team’s toughest challenge in the tournament so far, despite facing Australia and arch-rivals Pakistan and defeating both.

After the end of the match against New Zealand, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said that India seemed like a “runaway train” in this tournament, adding that they already had one foot in the semi-finals “The brakes have failed . This is how they drive,” Akram continued A sport. “They have the weapons, the merits, the skills and, most importantly, they know how to carry out their plans.”

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Despite a major setback in the previous match when India’s best all-rounder Hardik Pandya was injured and Mohammed Shami and batsman Suryakumar Yadav were used as cover and all-rounder Shardul Thakur was ruled out, India won the match against New Zealand by four wickets.

In this match, Mohammed Shami led a remarkable recovery in the last 10 overs and helped India take six wickets in the last 10 overs. Shami picked four wickets in the last 60 balls to complete his five-wicket haul in his first game of the tournament.

“They made a change depending on the situation. The squads should be such as those in India and New Zealand that you have the resources if someone is injured or out of action or you want to play someone depending on the opponent or pitch. When India played Shami, Hardik got injured, they dropped Shardul (Thakur) and SKY (Suryakumar Yadav) was brought in as the new batsman. “Then Shami got a wicket with the first ball of his spell,” Akram said.

While India were in a pretty shaky situation during the chase, Virat Kohli held them brilliantly at one point as India chased the target.

While chasing the target for India, Virat failed to match Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most tons in ODIs and eventually fell to 95.

“Kya zabardast chase ki hai (what a phenomenal chase). No pressure. The wickets fell but they looked smooth and under control. “This is a great sign for the Indian team and Indian cricket,” Wasim said.

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