World Cup 2019: 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup run

first_img Anita Jat SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 15:40 IST 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup run. (PTI)India are all set to begin their World Cup campaign as one of the favourites against South Africa. With two World Cup titles, India are tied with the West Indies and under Virat Kohli, the Asian giants are bidding for their third world title.Going into the World Cup, India have everything a team needs to shine in glory — a strong top-order, feisty fast bowlers, reliable all-rounders and likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.Virat Kohli is without a doubt among the pantheons of all-time greats. He has already won a World Cup with India in 2011, playing an important role on more than one occasion, but the 2019 World Cup will represent a watershed moment in his limited-overs captaincy career.Though Kohli will lead the Indian side, he will have assistance from veteran MS Dhoni who has done it before the country.In 2011, Dhoni has helped Sachin Tendulkar finish his spectacular cricketing career with a World Cup glory. In 2019, with speculation around his retirement post the World Cup, will he be able to do it once again for himself?Here we take a look at 5 things as India to look to start their World Cup campaignIndia vs Pakistan clash, June 16An India vs Pakistan group clash or a World Cup final, which of the two would carry more entertainment value. To come up to a result, go back in the time and recall the 2015 India vs Pakistan match in Adelaide. Streets buzzing with the chants of supporters, a stadium with a huge sea of blue and patches of green, and loud cheers from crowds overpowering the music and lightning in the sky after the match result–this frenzy is unmatchable even to a World Cup final.advertisementLabeled as one of the greatest sports rivalries in the world, India against Pakistan is a final before the eventual World Cup final. The match not only excites the sporting connoisseur inside us but also evokes patriotism among the common man that comes on the back off the historic the relationship these two countries share.The two teams have met 6 times in the World Cup since its inception in 1975 and India have not lost to Pakistan even on a single occasion.After putting a ban on bilateral series for an indifferent time, the last time the two teams faced each other was in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. The match attracted a worldwide TV audience of nearly half a billion people and went on to become the second-most watched game of cricket ever.Come June 16 at Old Trafford and the two giants will meet up once again for the biggest game of cricket.MS Dhoni’s last World Cup?Since MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the Test cricket following the drawn Test against Australia in Melbourne in 2014, there has been a lot of chatter around his ODI career too due to his prolonged aging career.The 2019 World Cup is speculated to be the 37-year-old’s last international appearance in the cricketing arena.MS Dhoni’s prowess in limited-overs is not a hidden secret. He has led India to their first World Cup win in nearly 30 years and also lifted the T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy in 2007 and 2013 respectively.Carrying the reputation of the brain of the cricket’, MS Dhoni will not lead India at England but will play a crucial role in the field setting when captain Virat Kohli takes the hold of the outfield. The wicket-keeper-batsman also lifts the spirits of bowlers by going back to them in the middle of the overs and telling them how to discomfort the opposition batsmen.India coach Ravi Shastri has already said MS Dhoni will be a very big player for India at the 2019 World Cup and with his shape tactics behind the stumps, we know how valuable Dhoni could be for the side in helping India lift their 3rd World Cup trophy.Virat Kohli lifting his first World Cup as captainAt the joint captain’s conference last week in London, when a kid asked the skippers if afforded a chance, which player from the opposition team would they pick in their side, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza replied, “that guy,” pointing at Virat Kohli.With his unmatchable skills in the ODI format, who wouldn’t want the best batsman on their side? Mark Waugh, Allan Border and many others have already picked Virat Kohli as their favourite for the 2019 World Cup on the back of what the Indian batsman has achieved in the past some years.advertisementLast year Virat Kohli became the fastest to score 10,000 ODI runs to break legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record. He is also the only active cricketer to have 41 ODI centuries, second only to Tendulkar (49).Kohli has time and again proven himself as a batsman but his captaincy came under scanner after a disastrous IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli will play a dual role at the 2019 World Cup and will have a golden chance to put an end to all the questions raised on his captaincy.If India wins the World Cup on July 14, we could also Virat Kohli running down the Lord’s ground without a shirt, emulating Sourav Ganguly’s famous celebration after the Natwest Trophy win in 2002 at the same venue.World best bowler Jasprit BumrahWith an unconventional bowling action and never-say-die attitude, Jasprit Bumrah is already counted among the best in the world and as the best fast bowler, India has ever produced.The 25-year-old was spotted six years ago by former India coach John Wright at a local T20 Tournament and he went to carve his space for himself in the national side with his pace and accuracy.Jasprit Bumrah has shown what he is capable of doing at the 2019 Indian Premier League, a fortnight ago. He has not only picked 19 wickets in 16 matches for the Mumbai Indians but has also defended runs in the penultimate overs to guide Mumbai Indians to the title victory.Bumrah’s yorkers are so perfect that his ball falls directly on batsman’s toe to trap them for an LBW. He has become the captain’s man with his wicket-taking ability and death overs spell.With no spin on offer at the first half of the World Cup in England and Wales, Bumrah will have a crucial role to play for the side to help India sail through the knockout rounds.Crazy fan clubsWith cricket being followed as a religion in India, having dedicated groups following the team around the world doesn’t come as a surprise. Game anthems were earlier only associated with football but when it comes to India, cricket draws no less attention than a Premier League match.Remember the Rishabh Pant song that went viral after the wicket-keeper scored an unbeaten 159 to guide India to a Test win against Australia? That was a product of Bharat Army’s creative brain.The fan club went on to create another special rap for India’s historic 2-1 series win in Australia. “Jeetega India, Yeh sabko tha yakeen. Delhi se Sydney Sab Kehte the YahiBalle Balle Balle…”Though it was initially the Barmy Army that made Test cricket venues a fine spectacle with the help of band and music, Bharat Army took a cue from them to take this culture forward.With India and Pakistan World Cup clash clash lined up on June 16, we are expecting a series of musical chants at the Old Trafford in Manchester.Also Read | Don’t need to answer Kagiso Rabada in a press conference: Virat Kohli on immature commentAlso Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019Also SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow MS Dhoni’s last World CupFollow Virat KohliFollow Virat Kohli lifting his first World CupFollow India vs PakistanFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Jasprit Bumrah World Cup 2019: 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup runIs this going to be MS Dhoni’s last World Cup? Will Virat Kohli lift his first World Cup trophy as captain? There are umpteen talking points as India begin their World Cup 2019 campaign vs South Africa on Wednesday. Here we take a look at 5 of them.advertisementlast_img read more

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