India and cricket have been, and always will be, inextricably linked. Thanks to many years of dominance on an international scale, India's cricket team is, quite rightly, known as one of the leading outfits in the sport.
Steve Smith scored a sublime century as Australia proved too strong for the Indian outfit one last time on their prolonged tour, winning the semi-final by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to book a place in their seventh World Cup finals.
Australian captain Michael Clarke was all praise for his Indian counterpart MS Dhoni ahead of their World Cup semi-final on Thursday terming the latter as the reason behind the defending champion’s resurgence in the tournament.
India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma believes that the defending champions' ability to raise their game in crunch matches will give them confidence going into Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against Australia.
Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli opines that his side’s World Cup semi-final clash on Thursday in Sydney will be the ideal opportunity to defeat Australia and make a resounding statement in the tournament.