‘The onslaught cannot be stopped’

India have emerged as one of the most explosive bowling units in the ongoing World Cup. Out of the seven matches they have played so far, they have only conceded a total of 200 plus only three times against Afghanistan, Bangladesh and New Zealand. Impressively, in five of the seven games, they managed to outscore their opponents. Initially, Indian pacers attacked as a compact unit as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Mohammed Siraj all made vital contributions. It should also be mentioned that spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav caused serious damage to the opposition batsmen.

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Bumrah, Shami and Siraj combined for the first time to dismantle England as they opened them up for 129 runs. They then blew Sri Lanka out as they were bundled out for a paltry total of 55 in their last match on Thursday.

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Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar praised India’s transformation into a “ruthless side” and predicted that this relentless performance would continue throughout the World Cup. In a video previously posted on X’s social media platform, Twitter, he asked Indian fans to recognize and celebrate their fast bowlers, highlighting the electric atmosphere at the Wankhede Stadium.

“India is becoming a ruthless side from this point the attack cannot be stopped but my request to the Indians is to start celebrating your fast propagandists because everyone was happy and there were many noise on every delivery at the Wankhede Stadium,” Akhtar was heard saying in a social media post.

Akhtar was impressed with Shami, who produced his best ODI performance with figures of 5/18 against Sri Lanka. In the three World Cup 2023 matches he has played so far, Shami has picked up 14 wickets.

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Chasing a mammoth total of 358, Sri Lanka suffered a crushing defeat, being bowled out for 55 in 19.4 overs. This was the third occasion this year when Sri Lanka could not even cross the 100-run mark against India in ODIs.

The strong win against Sri Lanka helped India register their World Cup win, in terms of runs. With this win, hosts India managed to claim their place in the semi-finals. India currently holds the best position in the points table with seven wins from as many matches.

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