When the Indian cricket team returns to the ground against South Africa in their first match of the World Cup on Wednesday, then they will be confident. There is no doubt that the South African team is struggling badly.
The two have lost against England and Bangladesh and their fitness problems are also deep. Fast bowler Dale Steyn is out of the World Cup. Another fast bowler Lungi Naddie has a muscle strain, while experienced batsman Hashim Amla is still in the process of getting fit. Regardless, it would be forgotten to take a team like South Africa.
Cloudy and rain expected
There is no grass on the pitch and it is considered to be helpful for the batsmen. However, the Meteorological Department has forecast cloudy and rain. To see in bowling is to see whether Kohli slams the third fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ravindra Jadeja’s performance is preferred in practice matches or Kuldeep Yadav and Yuswendra Chahal, who have been performing well for the last 22 months, play.
Without playing a single match Kedar Jadhav is dropped or Vijay Shankar lives in the team. A spell of Kagiso Rabada could change the story for her. On getting help from the weather, Rabada can become a victim of trouble for India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. By the way, due to the absence of enough runs since the ODI series against Australia, the confidence of both would have shaken.
Dhoni’s rhythm hopes to stay
The advantage of Rohit’s weakness against leg spinners can take South African captain Faf du Plessis. Once again, he can think of introducing bowling from Imran Tahir. Lokesh Rahul will go to number four but see how he is performing in difficult situations.
Dhoni scored a hundred in the practice match against Bangladesh and he hoped to retain the same goal. AB de Villiers’ deficit in South Africa is badly broken. Opponents of batsmen are being exposed again and again. In such a situation, it will be difficult for them to play 20 overs of Indian spinners.
A double test of Kohli
One of the best batsmen of this phase, as a captain, will be the captain of the real test cricket. India lacks match winners and their first name is Kohli himself, but it does not appear to be ‘aura’ which was in the 2011 World Cup winning team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The team comprised Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, who were Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina and Youth Kohli to accompany him. The current team captain is Kohli and guided Dhoni and has won six out of last nine matches.
The result of two years of hard work has happened in the form of this team. After the defeat of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final, the preparation of the World Cup team had begun.
Face-to-face in the World Cup
Total match: 04
D. Africa win: 03
India win: 01
India defeated South Africa by 130 runs in 2015 World Cup
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuswendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja .
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Quinton de Kock, Eden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Dwayne Pretoria, Andy Fahulkayo, Tabrez Shamsi, Imran Tahir, Chris Maurice, Van Der Dussen.
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