For all their talk of showing intent and playing aggressive cricket for the past one year, the Indian top order was shaky against England in the semifinal.
The pressure is immense in a knockout game for the simple reason that there is no second chance.
Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Netherlands was the latest in a series of disappointing losses for the Proteas in the World Cup.
Hard-fought duels between some soccer powerhouses are part of the World Cup folklore. Qatar would be no exception.
The Indian opener has struggled in the crunch games, while he has been at his menacing best against the minnows.
A loss in the opening match would put enormous pressure on Rohit & Co. in the game against the Proteas in Perth on October 30.
The Indian think tank wanted an experienced quick bowler at the death.
The Serb speaks about the win over East Bengal in the league opener and his plans for the ISL season.
The Selecao of 1982 mesmerised one and all and played such an attractive brand of football that they are rated higher than Ferenc Puskas' Magical Magyars of 1954 and Johan Cruyff's Total Football side of 1974.
On the other hand the Indian batting looks in good shape. Opener K L Rahul has shown signs of getting back to his best, while Suyakumar Yadav has been in stunning form at No. 4.
Who will partner Arshdeep Singh in the death overs is the big worry for the Indian team management.
Deepak Hooda being preferred over both Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer has been a surprise.