The men’s 2023 ODI World Cup has reached the semi-final stage in the race to play the final on November 19. Each morning we’ll be gathering the latest action and news from the event and bringing you insights from our reporters on the ground.
TOP STORY: Shreyas and Rahul score centuries as India go 9-0 as they beat Netherlands
India 410 for 4 wickets (Shreyas 128*, Rahul 102, Rohit 61, Kohli 51, Gill 51) Netherlands 250 (Nidamanuru 54, Engelbrecht 45) by 160 runs
Match Analysis: Rahul finally flicks the switch to show his full range in World Cup
The flicked six has a special place in World Cup history. Viv Richards to Mike Hendricks. Yashpal Sharma on the ball of Bob Willis.
KL Rahul off Paul van Meekeren probably won’t be among those two shots in cricket folklore. This came not in a final or semi-final but in a dead-rubber league game against one of the weaker attacks of the tournament. And hitting a six is no longer an earth-shattering event. Hitting a six is probably as common in 2023 as sixes of any kind were in the ODI matches of 1979 and 1983.
What was remarkable about this particular shot was that it took Rahul until the final league game of the tournament to unveil it in this World Cup.
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Semifinal build-up: Labuschagne vs Stoinis: Australia’s big challenge
During the group stage every time it appeared that a decision would need to be made, there was a natural void. That means no major decisions need to be made yet on who will miss out, but barring any further injury problems, that moment will come in Kolkata before they face South Africa on Thursday.
Semifinal preparation: ‘Artistic hunter’ South Africa takes inspiration from tiki-tika for World Cup success
Tiki-taka is a style of play mostly associated with the Spanish football team that won the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa (hence perhaps the link there) and is basically about maintaining possession. , usually through short passes. Translating this into cricket strategy is not straightforward, but South Africa’s director of cricket, Enoch Nkwe, explains it as understanding “how to rebuild without putting yourself under pressure and continue to take the game forward”.