In a decisive and commanding performance, India secured their ninth consecutive victory in the ICC World Cup 2023 by defeating the Netherlands with a resounding 160-run margin. Opting to bat first after winning the toss in Bengaluru, the Men in Blue posted an impressive total of 410/4. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul stood out with remarkable centuries, complemented by fifties from Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shubman Gill.

A notable highlight occurred when Virat Kohli, taking on the role of a bowler, dismissed Scott Edwards for 17, caught behind down the leg side. This marked a significant moment as it was Kohli’s first ODI wicket since January 2014. Not to be outdone, Rohit Sharma also displayed his bowling prowess by claiming the wicket of Teja Nidamanuru, who scored a brisk 54 off 39 balls, including six sixes.

India showcased versatility in their bowling strategy, deploying nine different bowlers, including part-timers Gill and Suryakumar Yadav. Collectively, the four part-time bowlers delivered 7.5 overs for 2-48, with Kohli finishing with figures of 1-13 from three overs.

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Former player Virender Sehwag lauded the Indian team, expressing, “Mast Diwali gift to have these two pick up wickets. May 9-0 become 11-0 in the coming week as we chase glory. Best wishes and a very happy Deepavali 🙏🏼.”

Despite Mohammed Shami going wicketless in his six overs after an impressive 16-wicket haul in the previous four games, spinners Kuldeep Yadav (2-41) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-49) made significant contributions to the team’s bowling effort.

Reflecting on the game, Sharma underscored the importance of having nine bowling options, stating, “Today we had nine (bowling) options, and it is important to have them. This was the game where we could have tried certain things. The seamers bowled those wide yorkers when it was not needed, but we wanted to do that. As a bowling unit, we wanted to try doing something different and see what we can achieve.”