The Indian Cricket Team is on a mission in England. The dream is in the eyes of every Indian that on July 14th, 2019. The cup should be in the hands of the skipper Virat Kohli. The team also knows that the pressure is high, and given the format of the tournament this time, the challenge is even bigger. Every team in this World Cup will play each other. Everyone, right from the general public to cricket experts to former cricketers, is hoping that the Indian team will be in the last four teams which will be the semifinalists in the tournament.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Overview
|Cricket set-up||1 Day International|
|Tournament Type||Round-robin and Knockout|
|Dates||30 May 2019 – 14 July 2019|
|Officials||International Cricket Council|
9 Challenges & 9 Matches for the Indian Cricket Team at the Marquee Event
So, let’s have a look at the upcoming matches of Men in Blue in this World Cup. Virat and Boys know that they cannot take any team lightly in the tournament. Teams like Bangladesh and Afghanistan, which were minnows earlier, now understand the requirements of the 50 over format and know how to perform well against any team. Expectations are high from the Indian skipper this time too. The public still wants him to score heavily in this World Cup. But, Matches can be won depending on one person in the team, but tournaments are won with the brilliant performances of all the members in the team. Thus, Team India, no doubt, is one of the strongest teams in the World right now, but it will focus on one match at a time and will look to emerge victorious in the matches of the World Cup.
5th June 2019 – This Day happens to be the World Environment Day, and the Environment at Southampton also will be electrifying when India takes on South Africa in its first match of the Tournament. The last time these two sides met in the World Cup 2015, the Indian cricket team under the captaincy of then Captain MS Dhoni comfortably won that match. Everyone wasn’t surprised that they defeated South Africa but were surprised by the fact that it was such a comfortable win against the strong South African team, which was considered one of the favorites in that World Cup. Though the current team of South Africa is also good, this team is not that much experienced as compared to older teams. Hashim Amla is there, but he has lost his form in recent matches.
The team will rely on the likes Of Du Plessis, Quinton De Cock, Imran Tahir in this World Cup. They will be hoping for Imran Tahir to perform very well in this World Cup as he is a wicket-taking Bowler and Opposition team have a fear of him. Many a time he has taken wickets for his team at crucial moments in a match.
They have world class pacers in Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, who can damage the Batsmen of opposition teams on any team. David Miller’s role in this World Cup is quite clear. He will be looking to score quickly in this World Cup. As every team is hoping to reach the 300 run mark in this World Cup, his role will be to make runs in a short time so that a score can be reached which will be quite challenging. he can prove to be that X-Factor for South Africa not only in this match but in other matches also in the World Cup.
The Indian team knows that South Africa is a side which has that tag of Chokers associated with it. The team will look to put them under pressure. If India bats First, the batsmen will look to score around 315-320 or even more than that and then the job will be of bowlers to ensure that the African batsmen don’t chase down the Target. The Indian team when traveled to South Africa last year, did a tremendous job in the ODI Series there and managed to win by a margin of 5-1. This will give a psychological advantage to Boys.
Let us Hope that India wins Against South Africa and open their campaign on a positive note.
9-June-2019 – India and Australia matches have developed a special interest among the fans in recent years. The Australian side is the same side which stunned everyone by winning the series in India in March this year. The Confidence and Belief of the Australian side will be high this time, and when they have Steve Smith and David Warner back among themselves, the chances of Australia in this World Cup are also high. David Warner especially is in sublime form since his comeback. He has shown great form in IPL this year, where he emerged as the highest run scorer in the tournament. He will look to carry on from where he left.
The Indian bowlers need to be careful regarding him, they should look to dismiss him as early as possible because once he starts scoring well in the match, then the possibility of reaching a good score beyond 300 will be high. They have some fantastic batsmen like Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell who can damage the plans of Bowlers in any given day. Their Bowlers like Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc Nathan Coulter-Nile knows that they have the power to restrict any team. The Indian team will also be relying on star bowlers like Mohd. Shami, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvender Chahal. The Indian bowlers have the potential to restrict the strong batting line up of Australia to around 250. It cannot be estimated easily who will be favorites for this match. But the Indian team will try to make the most use of the conditions in Oval.
13-June-2019 – The Indian team needs to defeat the New Zealand team in this World Cup. The New Zealand Team defeated the Indian team is recent practice match at the oval. But this may help the Indian team as they will be now familiar with the strength and weaknesses of them. This may be a very interesting match in this World Cup as the contest between the two teams will be tough. Batsmen like Guptill, Tailor will look to score as many runs as possible. Similarly, Indian Batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar, Virat will look to score heavily in the match. The bowlers will try to leave their mark in getting key wickets of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor. This Match will also be looked with interest like other matches.
16-June- 2019 – The India-Pakistan matches are always High-Pressure Matches. But over the years, the difference between both the teams have become vast. The Current Pakistan team is not so strong as the older one. Though Pakistan Team was able to win the Champions Trophy in 2017 but after that, it has failed to dominate in most of the series it played in different parts of the world. Pakistan has played a series against England just before this World Cup, So they will be hoping to make use of the experience they got in that series. Though they have some exciting players like Fakhar Zamaan, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi etc.
They will be relying on the experience of Mohd. Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohd. Amir. the Indian team has better chances in this particular match than the Pakistan Cricket team as the experience of handling pressure situations is with Indian Players. The Indian Bowlers need to restrict the Pakistan team to a score which can be easily achieved in the second innings. Similarly, if India bats first, then they need to score big. Mohd. Amir is not that destructive bowler now as he was earlier, and Indian batsmen can take advantage of this. Overall, India is way ahead of Pakistan in terms of experience and handling pressure situations in crucial matches.
22-June-2019 – India will be playing against Afghanistan on 22nd of June, a team which has proved in recent times that there is always room for improvement. Afghanistan team has improved year after year in the World of Cricket. India is way ahead of Afghanistan in terms of experience, batting, And bowling. Afghanistan, though, has some World Class Players like Rashid Khan, Mohd. Nabi, etc. but this team needs to rely on collective performance from all the team members. , which it may lack.
They may be able to put India in trouble for some point of time in the matches but to defeat it will be a difficult task for them. If India bats first and puts a huge total on the board, then Afghanistan will be under pressure to chase a big total. India, if bowls first, need to restrict Afghanistan under the score of 300, As chasing a target of more than 300 in a tournament like World Cup will not be a cakewalk. Still, India is clear favorites to emerge victorious in this Match.
27-June -2019 – India – West Indies Match on 27th June at Old Trafford Cricket Ground will also be a match which is expected to be a one-sided match, as against Afghanistan one also. Players like Andre Russel, Shimron Heitmeyer are exciting ones but West Indies is a team which has emerged stronger in T20 format recently, and this is a 50 over Format World Cup. The 50 over format is quite different than the T20 Format and West Indies may find it difficult to defeat Indian Cricket Team in this Match. But India cannot take West Indies lightly in this Match.
30-June-2019 – The Hosts England will take on the strong Indian Cricket Team in this World Cup on 30-June -2019. England team is one of the favorites in this World Cup, not just because the tournament is taking place in their Home conditions, but also leveling up of the transformation of their level of Playing ODI Format after what happened with them in last World Cup in Australia.
The likes of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Captain Eoin Morgan will look to score, not anything less than 300 in this match. The Indian bowlers should ensure that they do not let the England Team score big otherwise pressure will come on Indian Batsmen to chase the big targets. Their Bowlers like Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid will be looking not to let the Indian batsmen scoring heavily against them. A win in this particular match win takes the confidence of Indian players to another level.
2-July-2019: India will be looking for a good win against Bangladesh in the World Cup match. Though they have some experienced players like Tamim Iqbal. Mushfiqer Rahim, Shakib-Al-Hassan, Their Bowling doesn’t look that it can manage to stop the Indian Batsmen like Virat, Shikhar, Rohit from scoring many runs. Bangladesh will also be relying on spinners like Mehdi Hasan and Shakib for a good performance.
6-July 2019: India will take on Sri Lanka in their last pool match in the World Cup. The Sri Lanka team is struggling right now in the World of Cricket, but have got some exciting players like Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, etc. Last time, Sri Lanka defeated India in Champions Trophy in 2017, that thing will on the minds of their Players. But the likes of Bumrah, Virat, Rohit have performed well against the Lankan Team in earlier matches. India will look to end its last pool match on a high note so that it can carry the winning momentum in knock out matches of the tournament.
So, that was the match-wise summary of Team India for this World Cup 2019. The team will be hoping not just to win these matches and the tournament, but also to make a statement that under a good Captain like Virat, it has the potential to enable India to continue dominating in the world of Cricket for many more years to come.