India's World Cup win over SA draws praise from all quarters

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2015 20:40 IST

India's comprehensive 130-run victory against South Africa in the World Cup match in Melbourne on Sunday came in for lot of praise from cricketers, past and present.

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said the Proteas have not been outplayed like this in a "long long time" and that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side can gain a lot of courage from such a display?.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan was specially lauded for his swashbuckling 137 which helped India set up a winning 307 on the board.

Here are some of the reactions.

As Shikhar Dhawan guided India to a victory against South Africa in Melbourne on Sunday, various reactions poured in from different quarters.

Here's a quick look at who said what:

Sourav Ganguly, former India captain

"I don't remember South Africa being outplayed like this in a long long time."

"That innings against Pakistan has given Shikhar (Dhawan)just the kind of confidence he desperately needed and he showed great temperament to build on from where he left the other day to score a magnificent hundred."

MS Dhoni, India captain

"It is very satisfying to have back-to-back wins and especially the way we have won both games."

"Both Pakistan and South Africa games were important for us. Against Pakistan it was a complete batting performance and this game too I felt we did really well with the batting. A total of 307 was definitely a par-plus score on this wicket and when we turned up with the ball, I think we bowled in the right areas and we made it tough for the opposition to score."

AB de Villiers, South Africa captain

"It's almost embarrassing. You never want to lose by that amount of runs. You always want to be a competitive team, feel like you're always in the game, feel like you've got a chance to win games."

"We pride ourselves on that, and it didn't happen today. We're going to have to lick our wounds for a while. Your confidence takes a bit of a knock with performances like that, and it's up to the senior group of players to make sure that confidence is still there come Friday against the West Indies."

Ravi Shastri, Team India director

"It was a clinical and professional performance, in batting, bowling and fielding, covering all the departments of the game. It was fabulous. When they play like that you think they can achieve anything. Today, I never thought that the players were detached for a single moment or dropped their guard. They were focussed all through."

"Fielding was fabulous, bowling also. You would think it was Australia or South Africa not Indian players fielding. But when Australia or South Africa does that, people sit up and say fabulous fielding, not in case of India. The same in bowling. When our three pacers were bowling 140km/h, people will not say what a fabulous bowling."

Shane Warne, Australian spin legend

"Considering their form in the run-up to the World Cup, India have sent out a serious message after these wins over Pakistan and South Africa."

Michael Hussey, Former Australian batsman

"Virat read the situation well and identified that Shikhar was in good form. So, he (Kohli) played the second fiddle, tried to give most of the strike to him (Shikhar). They had a big partnership and that gave the foundation."

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