Shastri expects god to help India if England is the next opponent

Virat Kohli’s side qualified for the semifinals as table toppers following seven wins; England was the only team to get the better of them.

India head coach Ravi Shastri looks out of the locker room as the semifinal against New Zealand continues to be delayed due to rain in Manchester.   -  Getty Images


India coach Ravi Shastri felt god was in England’s dressing room during its World Cup league stage victory against the men in blue. He hopes the tables will turn if the two teams meet again in the tournament final.

If India beats New Zealand in the first semifinal, it will play the winner of the second last-four clash between Australia and England in the summit showdown.

India qualified for the semifinals as table toppers following seven wins. England was the only team to get the better of Virat Kohli and his men.

Billed as a favourite in the run-up to the Cup, England overcame a must-win situation against India to keep its semifinal hopes alive.

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“I thought god was in England’s dressing room that day. Hope if we play England next, he sits in ours,” Shastri said in a video posted by the ICC.

Shastri was lavish in his praise for the current tournament top-scorer Rohit Sharma, who has so far scored a World Cup record of five centuries.

“Rohit is one of the greatest one-day players. Whether he would have scored runs in this competition or not, just seeing his record over the years... the three double hundreds in ODIs.

“No one has done that. He has been really consistent for India at the top. His form was no surprise. If he chooses a tournament like the World Cup to get that form in, as a coach, I will take it,” Shastri said.

Rohit’s form and consistency has benefitted India. The opener entered into the semifinals on the back of three back-to-back hundreds.

Picking Rohit’s hundred in the opening match against South Africa as one of his best batting performances, Shastri said: “It was a tough wicket. It was two-paced (against South Africa). So I thought it was a special innings from Rohit because among all the ODI hundreds he has got, I thought that was one of his best.”

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