T20 World Cup 2024, AUS vs IND: Probable XI & Players to watch out for | Australia vs India

Jun 23, 2024

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The Super 8 stage of the T20 World Cup 2024 is set for a monumental clash as Australia will face India at the Dream Sammy International Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia. This match is touted as potentially the biggest of the tournament so far, with both teams having significant stakes riding on the outcome.

Australia’s crucial match after shocking defeat against Afghanistan

Australia, led by Mitchell Marsh, will enter this match with their tournament hopes hanging by a thread. Their winning streak was abruptly ended by Afghanistan, who handed them a surprising defeat, leaving Australia’s path to the semi-finals precarious. Failing to chase down a modest target of 149 against Afghanistan has intensified the Group 1 semi-final qualification race. For Australia to secure a spot in the semi-finals, they must win against India. Additionally, they will need Bangladesh to defeat Afghanistan the following day. If both Australia and Afghanistan lose, the decision will come down to the Net Run Rate (NRR) to determine the second semi-finalist from Group 1.

India’s dominant form

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma-led India comes into the match with a strong position in the competition. They are buoyed by a comprehensive 50-run victory over Bangladesh, which not only maintained their unbeaten streak but also solidified their lead in the semi-final race. India’s impressive total of 196 against Bangladesh, followed by restricting their opponents to 146, showcased their balanced and potent team performance. This win has given them a psychological edge and a cushion in their semi-final quest.

Australia’s probable playing XI for the Super 8 game against India:

Travis Head
David Warner
Mitchell Marsh (c)
Glenn Maxwell
Marcus Stoinis
Tim David
Matthew Wade (wk)
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Adam Zampa
Josh Hazlewood

Key players to watch out for Australia:

1.) David Warner:

Opening Batting Dynamism: David Warner is a dynamic opener known for his aggressive batting style. His ability to score quickly and set the tone at the beginning of the innings provides Australia with strong starts in limited-overs cricket.
Fielding Prowess: Warner’s athleticism in the field adds significant value to Australia’s overall fielding efforts. His agility, sharp reflexes, and accurate throwing contribute to crucial run-outs and boundary-saving stops.

2.) Mitchell Marsh (c):

All-round Capability: Mitchell Marsh, as captain, brings a balance of batting and bowling prowess. His ability to contribute with both bat and ball provides flexibility to Australia’s lineup. Marsh’s leadership and tactical acumen enhance team strategy on the field.
Middle-order Stability: Marsh’s role in the middle order is crucial in stabilizing the innings and accelerating the run rate when needed. His power hitting and ability to rotate strike effectively make him a key player in both ODIs and T20s.

3.) Pat Cummins:

Pace and Accuracy: Pat Cummins is Australia’s premier fast bowler known for his express pace and accuracy. His ability to generate bounce and movement off the pitch makes him a consistent wicket-taking threat across all formats of the game.
Death Overs Specialist: Cummins’ effectiveness in the death overs is pivotal for Australia’s bowling strategy. His skill in bowling yorkers and slower balls under pressure often restricts the opposition’s scoring and leads to crucial breakthroughs.

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India’s probable playing XI for the Super 8 game against Australia:

Rohit Sharma (c)
Virat Kohli
Rishabh Pant (wk)
Suryakumar Yadav
Shivam Dubey
Hardik Pandya
Ravindra Jadeja
Axar Patel
Kuldeep Yadav
Arshdeep Singh
Jasprit Bumrah

Key players to watch out for India:

1. Rohit Sharma:

Captaincy and Batting: Rohit Sharma is known for his exemplary batting skills, particularly in limited-overs cricket. As the captain of the team, his leadership is crucial in guiding India both on and off the field. Rohit’s ability to score big runs consistently and lead from the front makes him a key player.
Opening Batting: Rohit’s role as an opening batters provides India with strong starts in innings. His ability to dominate the bowling attack from the outset sets a positive tone for the team’s batting performance.

2. Virat Kohli:

Batting Excellence: Virat Kohli is renowned as one of the best batters in modern cricket across all formats. His consistency in scoring runs, ability to pace innings, and handle pressure situations make him indispensable to India’s batting lineup.
Fielding and Leadership: Kohli’s athleticism and sharp fielding skills contribute to India’s fielding standards. As a former captain, his experience and strategic acumen provide valuable support to Rohit Sharma in leading the team.

3. Jasprit Bumrah:

Death Overs Specialist: Jasprit Bumrah is India’s premier fast bowler known for his ability to bowl yorkers and slower balls effectively in the death overs. His accuracy, variations, and ability to handle pressure situations make him a key wicket-taker for India.
New Ball Impact: Bumrah’s skill in swinging the new ball and generating pace makes him a threat in all phases of the game. His ability to provide early breakthroughs puts opposition batters on the back foot and sets the tone for India’s bowling attack.

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