India will look to continue their clean slate in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 when they take on the Netherlands in the last game of the league stage on Sunday, November 12 in Bengaluru. There have been a lot of star performers for India in the tournament and that is why they have managed to win all the eight games they have played so far. In this article, we will take a look at three players who could play a key role against the Dutch side on Sunday.
3. Rohit Sharma – The Indian captain has given his team some fantastic starts in the tournament. He has pounced on anything loose and also turned some good balls into bad ones by using his feet. Rohit’s aggressive approach has also forced opposition captains to shift to Plan B in a hurry. The Mumbai batter has scored 442 runs in eight games at an average of 55.25 and a strike rate of 122.78. If Rohit gets off to another flying start, Dutch captain Scott Edwards will be in for some head-scratching.
2. Mohammed Shami – The 33-year-old has been in lethal form in the showpiece event. Shami didn’t play the first four games and only got a chance in the playing XI after Hardik Pandya got injured in the game against Bangladesh. However, the right-arm pacer was on the money from the moment he stepped onto the field and has remarkably bagged 16 wickets in just four games at an average of 7. The Netherlands batters will have their task cut out against the in-form pacer.
1. Virat Kohli – The former India captain has been in scintillating form. He registered a record-equalling 49th ODI hundred in India’s last game against South Africa at Eden Gardens. Kohli has amassed 543 runs in eight games at a staggering average of 108.60. He is not new to Bengaluru as he has spent all his Indian Premier League career playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The fans at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium would love to witness ‘King Kohli’ get to his 50th ODI century on Sunday.