India looks to continue undefeated-run
Tomorrow’s game at Old Trafford will more likely than not see the Indians march on towards the ICC World Cup semi-finals with yet another win to their name. Their opponents the West Indies were a team that promised so much in this year’s World Cup after producing some stunning performances in the lead-up to the tournament. Poor performances and a couple injuries have just about sealed the Windies fate in the competition, it’ll be interesting to see how they finish their campaign having won just the one game so far.
Three-consecutive half centuries to Virat Kohli in this World Cup has signified India’s dominance on foreign soil in the UK. It was Rohit Sharma who started the tournament like a house on fire, now the Indian skipper has chimed in with scores of 82, 77 and 67 in his last three outings with the bat. Yet to lose a game in this year’s World Cup, India came very-close to a defeat against tournament minnows-Afghanistan who put up an almighty fight to go down by just 11 runs. You’d argue that India had the quality, poise and polish to finish of a team like Afghanistan with their experience, however they never had complete control of the match. The West Indies are an aggressive team with both bat and ball, unfortunately it’s been their downfall so far in the tournament. India’s bowlers must be itching to have a bowl at them, the likes of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer lack self-control when it comes to finding the boundary. Mohammed Shami is coming off a four-wicket haul which included a hat-trick late in the game against Afghanistan, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal were also impressive picking up two wickets each.
The loss of star-Windies all-rounder Andre Russell is a major blow to their campaign, they lose depth in their batting order and no longer have a specialist finisher towards the back-end of the innings. With Evin Lewis also under an injury cloud coming into this game at Old Trafford, changes are expected. On the other side of the fence, India will be pondering the inclusions of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. There’s no need to change a winning XI, however the injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have already forced India’s hand which could possibly see the star-duo get a look in against the West Indies. Kedar Jadhav’s recent half century makes it hard to drop him from this Indian XI, Vijay Shankar could be a possible omission if they feel the need to trial Rishabh Pant who just recently joined the squad. One bowler the Indians will have to watch out for is Sheldon Cottrell who’s wasn’t initially flagged as a certain starter in the World Cup. Cottrell’s line & length has been textbook, 9 wickets in the tournament doesn’t do him justice.
Top 5 fantasy picks – India
- Virat Kohli
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Rohit Sharma
- Hardik Pandya
- Yuzvendra Chahal
Wildcard pick – KL Rahul
Top 5 fantasy picks – West Indies
- Chris Gayle
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Shai Hope
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Carlos Brathwaite
Wildcard pick – Fabian Allen
Predicted Team XI’s
India (possible) – 1. KL Rahul 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli (c) 4. Vijay Shankar/Rishabh Pant 5. MS Dhoni (wk) 6. Kedar Jadhav 7. Hardik Pandya 8. Kuldeep Yadav/Ravindra Jadeja 9. Mohammed Shami 10. Jasprit Bumrah 11. Yuzvendra Chahal.
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Sunil Ambris/Evin Lewis 3. Shai Hope (wk) 4. Nicholas Pooran/Darren Bravo 5. Shimron Hetmyer 6. Jason Holder (c) 7. Carlos Brathwaite 8. Fabian Allen 9. Kemar Roach 10. Sheldon Cottrell 11. Oshane Thomas.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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