India's 'Mauke Pe Chhakka' lights up the World Cup

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Mar 14, 2015 23:01 IST

Team India has been extremely clinical as they have had a perfect run in the league stage, winning all the games they played. We take a look at the five stats that highlight the team's dominance going into the business end of the World Cup.

1. India came into the tournament after a 2-month long winless tour of Australia; they were expected to barely scrape through to the quarters. But a completely different Team India has turned up to this tournament, they have not only won all six games they have played to top Group-B, they have done so in clinical fashion.

2. The bowlers have hunted in a pack, the pacers have been destructive and Ashwin has bowled with guile and control. The result has been unprecedented; India has taken all 60 wickets in the six games they have played so far, this has kept the pressure of the batting lineup.

3. The batsmen were going to be India's big strength and they have delivered spectacularly. India has picked six specialist batsmen for all the games and all six have at least one fifty plus score to show.

4. Going into the tournament the pace bowlers were labeled as India's single biggest weakness. They were supposed to be wayward and hapless; But Shami and Co had different ideas. As a result, of the 60 wickets taken by India so far the quicks, have bagged 36 wickets. Mohammed Shami has led the way with 15 wickets which has put him one behind chart topper Mitchell Starc (16 wickets).

5. MS Dhoni has a penchant of finishing games with a six and we have got the stats to back that up. When Dhoni smashed one over the rope to finish the game against Zimbabwe on Saturday, it was the ninth occasion this had happened, more than any other player in ODI history.

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