India’s first semifinal against New Zealand was a crucial test, as New Zealand has historically been a difficult opponent for India. However, India managed to overcome New Zealand and reach the finals. Key performances by Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Shami were instrumental in India’s victory. Notably, Shreyas Iyer’s aggressive innings of 105 runs off 70 balls helped India reach a formidable total of 397.
Despite New Zealand’s strong partnership between Kane Williamson and Daryll Mitchell, Mohammad Shami’s crucial wickets turned the game in India’s favor. Shami’s exceptional performance earned him the title of highest wicket-taker in the World Cup, with 23 wickets to his name. The margin of victory may seem substantial, but the game was much closer, with Shreyas Iyer’s quick runs and Shami’s pivotal wickets proving to be the difference.
The author of the article, Anis Sajan, is a cricket enthusiast and prominent businessman serving as Vice Chairman of Danube Group.