India and Afghanistan clash in WC. One Country is yet to start their journey in the points table and another country which won all the matches till now. It should be an easy game to India and it should be easy win too. But Afghanistan has a very good bowling attack (although Rashid is not good form) and they can trouble the best batsman in the world. India should not take this game on a lighter note after defeating 3 big matches
All eyes will be on team selection whether Virat picks the same team or he will go for experiments by giving chance to bench players like Karthik and Pant.
Shami will come in place of Injured Bhuvi and that is 100% confirm. Shankar is also injured and based on his fitness, either Pant or Karthik can come into final XI.
The pitch and ground are known for high scoring games and more than 600 runs scored in last 2 out of 3 matches. It is expected to be a high scoring game today as well.
India Bowling looks strong although Bhuvi is out. Shami and Bumrah will make a good fast bowling pair. In the middle order – Kuldeep and Chahal always do the magic. When comes to batting, the middle order still needs to get runs in this tournament, so this will be a good chance for the middle order to spend some time in the middle.
Now with Dhawan ruled out officially for the entire tournament, it will Rahul who will be the opener for the rest of the WC and it’s time for the team management and Virat to look at 4 more seriously and they need to confirm either Karthik, Pant or Shankar at 4. They can’t take risk of testing the players at 4 in important games against England, WI and SL. So, whatever they want to test, the need to test in this game and they should fix no 4 position. My vote will be Pant as it will give some left-handed batsman in the middle and right left combination will always a plus point in the middle overs of the game.
Rahul should play up to the mark and should provide a good platform for the middle order. It’s a big shoe to fill as Dhawan is one of the best batsmen when comes to ICC tournaments.
On the other hand, Afghanistan is shortage of confidence with issues in and out of the ground. Change of captain before tournament, controversy of moving out the best batsman, Rashid not in form affected their form in this tournament. But Rashid is a champion bowler and we can’t take him lightly. The batsman didn’t give enough support to bowlers till now and that’s the reason they have not won any game in this tournament.
Let’s tune to star sports and see how Afghanistan challenge the Indian team today.
See you all after the match – Signing off jack.