The stage is set for one of the biggest clashes in this World Cup 2019 extravaganza as the reigning champions Australia gear up to lock horns with India at The Kennington Oval, London later in the day. Both these teams are coming into this match after recording brilliant victories in their respective previous outings. Thus, the confidence is pretty high in both the camps and they would be hoping to continue the winning momentum.
The Indians managed to emerge victorious by six wickets at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. As far as India’s record versus the Aussies in the World Cup is concerned, they have only won three out of 11 times. In fact, in their last seven meetings, India came out trumps only once. Last time, the teams met in the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup and the Australians won the match by 95 runs.
India’s victories came in 1983, 1987 and 2011 respectively. In the meantime, Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan cricketer, has put forth his favourites for the all-important clash. Moreover, he also wants Mohammed Shami to be in the eleven owing to his pace. He also thinks that if Rohit Sharma plays for a chunk of the innings, then India will have the platform from where they can launch.
The balance of the bowling lies with India
In his recent video on YouTube, Shoaib Akhtar said that India has a better chance because of their balanced bowling attack as compared to Australia. India has the option of three quality fast bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami along with the assistance of Hardik Pandya. They also have two wicket-taking wrist spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and the in-from Yuzvendra Chahal.
“India has a far better chance not because of I am just saying but I think the balance of the bowling lies with India. They have spinners, they have good fast bowlers,” Shoaib Akhtar was quoted as saying in a video on his official YouTube channel.
“I want Shami to be in. I want the pace to be in. At the same time, I think Indian batters, the first four batters, whenever they get runs the history tells us they win matches. Rohit Sharma goes deep down to the order and he gets runs and Indian team gets a proper platform. At the same time, him, Virat Kohli and others make a big score,” he added.
“India has more ammunition when it comes to swing when it comes to bowling when it comes to taking up the pressure. So, I think the pressure isn’t going to be on Indians tomorrow, it is going to be on Australians. I think India is going into this match as favourites because they have superior spinners than the Australians and with Shami’s addition they will become unbeatable,” Akhtar concluded.