Just the final match of the World Cup 2023 left only. After completing the whole group stage and the first semifinal, the big stage is witnessing the second semifinal between South Africa and Australia at this moment. On November 15, India and New Zealand met in the first semifinal of the tournament at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India registered a sensational performance against New Zealand and secured the final ticket. The whole world was witnessing the classic fixture, and so was the Microsoft CEO.
Microsoft CEO on the First Semifinal:
The first semifinal was a crucial fixture of this tournament. Both teams are long-time rivals in the ICC knockout stages. In the 2019 World Cup semifinal, both teams locked horns. But India faced hard luck in that match, the Kiwis defeated them by 18 runs and secured their place in the finals. This semifinal was crucial for India to take the revenge.
The whole world is suffering from cricket fever. The Microsoft CEO is also one of them. The company scheduled a conference on the same day as the semifinal in the US. Satya Nadella revealed he stayed up the whole night to watch the game. He said, “ Little did we know we scheduled ignite that we will schedule it on the day when there is World Cup semi-final going on, in cricket.”
Later he added, “ And I’ve been up all night, but it finished five minutes ago. I am glad it did. This is the short version of the game, by the way.” The Indian-origin CEO of that global company is an avid follower of cricket. In an interview, he talked about his passion for the game. Recently, he collaborated with an IPL franchise, Delhi Capitals.
India’s Exceptional Win:
India is in great form in this tournament. They are still unbeaten after completing the group stage and the semifinal stage. All the players are showing their class and form. Depending on this team’s performance, India will be featuring in the World Cup final on November 19. In the first semifinal, India and New Zealand locked horns at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. That was a sensational performance by the team. On this big day, Virat Kohli scored his 50th century against the Kiwis. He played an excellent knock of 117 runs in 113 balls. Shreyas Iyer scored 105 runs in 70 balls. Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 80 runs.
While chasing the huge target of 398, New Zealand lost two quick wickets. After that, Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchel were dragging the team well. Kane got out on 69 runs in an excellent delivery of Mohammad Shami. Mitchell walked away after scoring 134 runs. Mohammad Shami was excellent in the match. He picked up 7 wickets in 57 runs. That was a sensational performance of him. He becomes the first Indian to score a 5-wicket haul in the World Cup knockout stage. Bumrah, Siraj and Kuldeep picked up 1 wicket each. India won by 70 runs.