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The entire nation rejoiced after India’s 76 run win over Pakistan in the side’s opening match of the ICC World Cup 2015, where the men in blue are defending champions. With this win, India’s unbeaten streak (6 out of 6) against Pakistan in World Cups continue. The entire nation was in festive mood after the victory but the players in Australia hardly celebrated the win. Instead they took an early flight to Melbourne for their next match on Sunday. This is a clear sign that the men in blue mean business in the World Cup.
It’s only the first match against Pakistan. Everyone is happy that we have won the match but why do we need to celebrate one victory? Have we won the World Cup? There were absolutely no celebrations. The cricketers were tired after a gruelling match and they needed a lot of rest. Everyone just retired to their rooms. The Indian team had a morning flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. We were here for the last fortnight and everyone had to do their packing and all after the match and also needed a good night’s sleep. We came by a Qantas flight and the players will get a couple of days rest before they again hit the straps, said a team official.
It is also understood that skipper MS Dhoni and Team Director Ravi Shastri want a relaxed environment in the dressing room but at the same time do not want the concentration level of a young team to waiver.
In their next match on Sunday at the MCG, Melbourne, India will face South Africa which has the World’s best batsmen AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and the World’s best bowler Dale Steyn. India are yet to beat South Africa in their three matches in the World Cups.