India, July 12 -- On the way to Edgbaston cricket ground for the second semi-final, my Indian taxi driver never stopped shaking his head disbelievingly. "How could they not make it to the final?'' he asked, echoing the sentiments of many people back home.

Where and how could India go wrong?

They had the tournament's best batsman in Rohit Sharma, arguably the best bowler in Jasprit Bumrah; Virat Kohli and K L Rahul were in fine nick and M S Dhoni-even with his somewhat patchy batting form-had a wealth of experience that few players in the tournament possess.

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These were the leading stars (plus the injured Shikhar Dhawan) when the team had embarked on its campaign...