Beating South Africa by 130 runs, India showed just why no one was writing them off even after they had spent two-and-a-half months in Australia without a win
The game is not just about brawn and muscle-power. Touch-players like Ajinkya Rahane, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis also add value to it
He isn't a particularly big hitter, but as evidenced against South Africa, his impeccable timing makes him an extremely handy weapon to possess in ODIs
The long winless Australian summer might just have given those watching the wrong impression
The MCG packed to the rafters, two top teams, India coming out on top. What's not to like?
An unusually messy display in the field was followed by more familiar failings during the chase as South Africa felt the heat in Melbourne
He likes to pull and hook, but also gets out to those shots. Today having spent time in the middle before attempting them, he made his highest ODI score
South Africa's self-belief has been dented by what AB de Villiers called an "almost embarrassing" loss to India in their second, and most high-profile, match of the group stage
Stats highlights from the Group B match between India and South Africa at the MCG on February 22
Shikhar Dhawan plundered a mammoth 146-ball 137 to help India beat South Africa by a huge 130-run margin in their World Cup 2015 Group B match at the MCG on Sunday.
Years after the juggling act of hiding multiple poor fielders <i>and</i> making do with the kind of attacks India have had, this current unit has given MS Dhoni some breathing space
Plays of the day from the game between India and South Africa in Melbourne
#BendTheRules Moments from the Group B match between India and South Africa
While South Africa's fast bowlers have posed the toughest challenge for India's batsmen, South Africa's batsmen have, largely, dominated the contests
This was Eden Gardens and another half of an Eden Gardens on top of it. This was Wankhede Stadium with another Wankhede Stadium on top of it
A ground as large as the MCG calls for a batting line-up to not just rely on their power hitting, according to Virat Kohli
Dale Steyn is a safari-loving, street-art appreciating, soft-drink guzzling wild-child, Virat Kohli a smooth-talking, suave-dressing, superstar but they have more in common just their tattoos
It's size and history make the Melbourne Cricket Ground a house of sporting dreams
Michael Hussey, who is working with the South African World Cup side as a consultant, has urged the team not to imitate Australia in their outlook towards the game and the dressing-room atmosphere
Vernon Philander will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the severity of the injury to his left hamstring
Wayne Parnell's batting averate at No. 7 in ODIs; he has scored 57 runs in five innings with a highest of 21.
Runs added together by this pair the last time they batted together - highest fifth-wicket partnership in ODIs
Ashwin's bowling average in ODIs against South Africa, has taken just one wicket in 38 overs before this match.
Number of times Umesh Yadav has dismissed AB de Villiers in 18 balls in ODIs before this match.
No. of fifty-plus scores AB de Villiers has hit in his last-five innings against India. He has scores of 109, 3, 77, 70 and 52.
India's score at the end of the mandatory Powerplay; South Africa have scored 38 for 1.
Number of fifty-plus scores Hashim Amla has hit against India in 12 ODI innings, averages 57.45.
Number of times targets of 300 or more have been chased at the MCG out of nine.
Highest score against South Africa in the World Cup - by Stephen Fleming in 2003 - Dhawan has beaten that.
India openers to start World Cups with back-to-back fifty-plus scores - Tendulkar, Ganguly and now Dhawan.
Runs India scored in five overs before Kohli got out; next five produced 23 runs.
India's 25-over score against South Africa in the World Cups since 1999. Other matches against them - 108/3
Dhawan v Duminy, the last time in an ODI. Dhawan got a century but got out to Duminy after scoring 8 off 14.
Parnell's bowling average in ODIs against India before this game - his worst against any team. He's taken 4 for 322 in 6 inns.