India Look To Pass the Test of Warm Up Matches Against New Zealand & Bangladesh
India will start their World Cup 2019 Campaign on 5th of June against South Africa. But before that Virat Kohli and his boys are set to play two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh. Both these matches are important for the Indian Cricket Team in terms of right preparation for the Mega event. The team will try to get their combinations right. To solve the confusion of the middle order and to get the confidence to perform well in English Conditions, the Captain may try to give chances to more and more players from the squad of 15 members.
How Vijay Shankar is going to play will be looked on by Team Management as everyone will be hoping for a good performance from him. Similarly, as Dinesh Karthik is also a part of the Indian squad, he will also be expected to show his true potential in English conditions which are expected to produce high scoring matches this time. The Fast bowlers will be tested and so the spinners.
India All Set to Face New Zealand & Bangladesh in Warm Up Matches
As India will be playing against New Zealand at the Oval on 25th May 2019. All eyes will be on the Skipper Virat Kohli. It will be interesting to see his captaincy as to how he uses his players according to match Situations. Who will play at Number 4 position will also be looked as the Captain might want to send the player. Whom he considered as fit for this crucial position. While Vijay Shankar will look to fancy his chances at number 4 position, KL Rahul is not Looking behind. Rahul has found form in just-concluded Indian Premier League and proved that he is very much in the race for number 4 spot. One advantage of these warm-up matches is that All 15 players can be tested intermittently in a single match.
It gives the options to captains of various teams to find the right combinations. New Zealand is a tough team to beat, especially in ICC tournaments, where they have shown in the past that they can be dangerous against any other team on their day. The likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill will look to score as many runs as possible against Indian bowlers. While dangerous bowling duo Of Trent Boult and Tim Southee will try to unsettle the Strong batting line up of Indian team comprising Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and other batsmen. It may be a good contest between the Indian batsmen and New Zealand bowlers. The Indian batsmen will be looking for 300+ score in the warm-up match. The pitches in England seems to have turned batting friendly as we have seen in series between England and Pakistan which was played recently.
The Indian team will also play a warm-up match against Bangladesh on 28th May 2019 at Cardiff. The Indian bowlers need to stop the Bangladesh batting star Tamim Iqbal from scoring well. As the Bangladesh team will be hoping that he gives a good start and lay the foundation for a big score. Similarly, They will have high hopes from Shakib Al Hasan as this Time in England The spinners are expected to perform much better even better than seamers. If India bats first, then it needs to put up a Good total beyond 300, So that when the Bangladesh team start batting, then pressure can be applied on them by the Indian bowlers and restrict them to a low score.
The game against New Zealand is expected to be much interesting that the one against Bangladesh as New Zealand have performed well against India in the recent past. How Dhoni is going to play will also be noticed as there have been a lot of opinions about the Number at which he should be played. He has played in many pressure situations? And so, If India looks in pressure at any point in these warm-up matches, Then Dhoni will be required to bring India out of that difficult situation. This may help the team in other matches of the tournament.
Overall, The Indian team looks well settled and the boys can’t wait now to get on to the field and make the most use of the conditions in England in these warm-up games so that when they face South Africa on 5th June 2019. There will be no confusion regarding the Team combination.
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It’s a long tournament and hopes that the Indian team emerges victorious in the warm-up matches And in all other matches of the tournament that it’s going to play.