London, June 10 -- On a day when the only sprinkle of yellow shirts in the stands, amid the ocean of blue, were fans in Chennai Super Kings kits, India's opening batsmen walked out to bat. This was the Oval cricket ground in London, but it could well have been the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai; the 11 Australians on the field will certainly vouch for that. The sounds, the vibrations, and most essentially even the pitch, were reminiscent of a ground in India. And here, as a crisp sun shone, the Indian toporder made runs.

Lots and lots of runs-352 of them, India's third highest team score at a World Cup. Virat Kohli (who had chosen to bat at the toss) scored 82, his first score of over fifty during this World Cup tour, including the warm-up gam...