Since decimating South Africa in the second game of their World Cup campaign at the MCG, there has been no looking back for Team India. It has been a remarkable transformation and something which all Indian fans have thoroughly enjoyed. Like all other teams, with the Cup coming to the business end, pressure will be on the Men in Blue. The positive thing for India is that they have been in this situation before. Captain MS Dhoni has come out with flying colours and that feeling is very important. The biggest challenge for all at this level is belief and to get the mind thinking positively and India will remain calm in these situations.
India will be more than happy to play Bangladesh in the quarters. Now the question is what are India’s chances? With due respect to Bangladesh, it is around 90%. Many would mention the 2007 nightmare. However, that was an accident and will not happen again. India is a much superior side, not just talent-wise but also by form. They have been at the top of their game in all departments, bat-ball-field and will continue to do so.
Bangladesh’s bowling has been the best part of their cricket and no Bangladesh team has had such a potent attack. This is one reason, that they went past England and challenged New Zealand till the end.
The MCG will also have a huge impact on the game. It’s a very big ground and it will test the skill and fitness of the Bangladeshi boys. There are bigger gaps and bigger boundaries to clear and the question will be, whether the team has the ability to adapt to the conditions.