India Just Two Matches Away From 2019 ICC World Cup Victory
On June 2nd, the India cricket team won their match against Bangladesh by 28 runs, and reached 13 points to climb to second place on the points table. This victory booked India a place in the semi-finals and they are now just two wins away from winning their third ICC World Cup.
Teams That Have Made The Semi-Finals
Australia, who have betting odds of 2.90 to win the World Cup, were the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. India, who also have odds of 2.90 to win the World Cup, were the second team to qualify. Australia sit on top of the points table at the moment with 14 points from 8 games. Meanwhile, the India cricket team are in second place with 13 points from 8 games.
Meanwhile, New Zealand and England have already battled it out to decide who was going to be the third team to qualify. England won their game against the Kiwis, which was England’s last game in the qualifying stage. They currently have the 12 points they need to qualify. The Kiwis, however, have 11 points and will be hoping Bangladesh beat Pakistan today.
Areas Of Concern For India Cricket Team
India will have one last game in the qualifying stage against Sri Lanka on 6th July. They have already made it to the semi-finals, though. Therefore, the Indians can use this game to work on their areas of concern to be better prepared when they play the semi-finals.
India has only lost one game during the 2019 World Cup and that was to hosts England. Furthermore, they could very well play England once again in the semi-finals. India has only lost one game, but they have been put under pressure in a few games. This has exposed a few weaknesses that they need to address quickly.
Overdependence On Rohit Sharma
A senior member in the squad, Rohit Sharma is having a phenomenal World Cup. The dashing opener has hit four centuries so far and has taken on the responsibility of giving India the start they require in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan.
When R Sharma has failed, India has struggled. That’s because it has exposed the unstable middle order and made it difficult for India to pile on the runs. Needless to say, all of India will be hoping for R Sharma to deliver in the semi-finals and finals. Nonetheless, head coach Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli know they cannot over rely on R Sharma.
KL Rahul has done okay at the top of the order. However, he has failed to convert his starts into big scores. He made 77 in the game against Bangladesh, but never looked comfortable throughout his innings. He has subsequently struggled with both his timing and confidence. India need KL Rahul to play the anchor role and get a big score in the semi-final and final.
Kohli Yet To Hit A Century
The Indian captain, Virat Kholi, has hit four half centuries in the World Cup. He has failed to go on and make a century, though. He is a big match player and knows that he will have to up his game if he is to lead India to a World Cup victory.
Playing Two Spinners
The India cricket team has done very well throughout the World Cup by playing their two spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. However, Kohli decided to drop K Yadav in the game against Bangladesh and play three specialist seamers. The reason was due to the field’s small boundaries. India will need to make a decision whether they back their two spinners or let the size of the ground dictate their final playing eleven.