The pressure is high on India. Their defeat against SL is still fresh in their minds. And South Africa have never made it easy for them either. Past records show SA as a prominent roadblock in various tournaments. The backlash is high. It is game on for both teams.
Despite the loss against Sri Lanka, India is still on top with a good Net Run Rate of +1.272. This was because of the victory against Pakistan. South Africa is second on the table in Group B with 2 points and a NRR of +1.000. While the NRR plays an important role because of the ever threatening rains, winning the match will get the team to the next round.
Let’s all pick up a good line up. You, me and the Indian Cricket Team.
On paper, India has one of the best teams. The trick is to bring this out on the field. The top batsmen have been in top form - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, M.S.Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh. You can mix and match them up or add them all to your team. The depth in the batting is incredible. Rahane and R Ashwin (if called for) can contribute with the bat when required.
Bowlers - After the Sri Lanka fiasco, they should most definitely pull their socks up. Having said that, they are good quality bowlers. I’d add B. Kumar and Bumrah to the list. Yuvraj can contribute with the ball as well. U. Yadav did really well against Pakistan by taking three wickets. So did Hardik Pandya and R Jadeja with two wickets each.
If they should win, they should keep their minds on cricket and the game ahead. Nothing else.
They come in with mixed feelings as well. The squad is balanced and steady. The players are in form. If ICC rankings are anything to go by, SA has everything in their favour. Let’s take a look at the players.
Batsmen. Amla brings in both form and experience. He is a key player. Almost 90% of the fans have him walking in with the bat. David Miller and JP Duminy are good calls along with du Plessis. De Villiers’ form is of concern though.
Bowlers. I have Rabada on my team. He has shown excellent promise, ranking No.1 as an ODI bowler in the world. Next good bet is Imran Tahir. This leg spinner can be depended upon as well. Less than 40% of the fans have added Morkel on the team. Is he the dark horse?
All-rounders are always a blessing Chris Morris is the man you are looking for.
South Africa beat Sri Lanka but lost to Pakistan. India beat Pakistan but lost to Sri Lanka.
The loss against Sri Lanka has made this a make or break match for the Men In Blue. The same applies to the Proteans as well. All in all, this is a good game to watch out for. Cricket strategies and mental stability. The key.
It is still a pity that the rain is an important factor.
P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!