Former Australian wicket-keeper batter Ian Healy cautioned India in their 2023 World Cup campaign despite the side looking unbeatable after four games. Considered among the heavy favourites to win the tournament at home, Team India dominated Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to register back-to-back wins. Meanwhile, they are one of only two sides, alongside New Zealand, to remain undefeated in the ongoing World Cup so far as well.
In a conversation with the SENQ Breakfast, Healy said: “They’re not rolling easily, I’ve got a new fear for India. (Kohli’s) was a good knock, Rohit (Sharma) and Shubman Gill were good at the top too. But if you see the energy that’s going into it (their wins), my fear is that they’re going to have an emotional letdown. They’re putting a whole lot of (energy into it), they might just be overdoing it The intensity, the gestures in the field when someone bowls a bad ball, the over-enthusiasm of good fielding efforts, all that sort of stuff. The crowd were going off at Pune, and it’s a beautiful-looking ground. But I just worry for that (overdoing it), but gee they’ve got a great team.”
However, in India’s latest win against Bangladesh, they chased a total of 256 in a mere 41.3 overs, with Virat Kohli smashing his 48th ODI century. Notably, they had a similar start to the 2019 World Cup, winning their first five completed games and seven out of eight overall before losing to New Zealand in the semifinals as well.
“Virat goes in and does a great piece of fielding at short cover and the crowd go off, the team go off and he’s just done a good piece of fielding, stopping a little single. I just worry in the next half a dozen games, to go where they’re going, they need to go to another level. They won’t be playing against Bangladesh and then they need all their intensity (later in the tournament). Don’t waste it now,” Ian Healy concluded.