India has been on a remarkable winning streak during the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, securing victory in all three of their matches thus far. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the team has triumphed over Australia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, amassing a total of six points, propelling them to the second position in the tournament’s points table.
What sets India apart, according to star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, is a unique and heartwarming pre-game ritual. The playing XI is introduced to the team with childhood photographs, fostering a light-hearted and enjoyable atmosphere in the dressing room.
Hardik Pandya Speaking to Star Sports said: “When our playing XI is shown in the team meeting in the dressing room, it is shown with our old and childhood pictures. And atmosphere in dressing room is very good and light and fun. We are playing as a unit and together,”
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Pandya, who has only batted once in the tournament, showcased his prowess by scoring an unbeaten 11* off 8 balls against Australia. His bowling has been exceptional, claiming five wickets in three matches with an impressive average of 21 and an economy rate of 6.56. He has made crucial breakthroughs in the last two games, sending well-established batsmen back to the pavilion.
India’s upcoming match against Bangladesh on October 19 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune presents a significant opportunity to reclaim the top spot in the points table. Bangladesh, led by Shakib al Hasan, enters the contest with a recent string of losses to England and New Zealand. However, they come into the game with confidence, having defeated India thrice in their last four ODIs, including a victory in the Asia Cup 2023 and a bilateral series win at home in December 2022. Over the years, these two teams have engaged in numerous thrilling encounters, setting the stage for yet another enticing showdown.