With the second semi-finals to be held on 26th March at Sydney between India and Australia it promises to be an exciting battle. India who has won 7 matches on trot but Australia will be playing at home, with both teams having some excellent performers throughout the tournament. Here we look at the 5 players to watch out for India vs Australia match.
- Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma was in poor form prior to quarter finals against Bangladesh. He had scored two fifties against Ireland and UAE. He took time at the start against Bangladesh and then took apart the bowling in the later stages of innings. He has all the shots in his armour and can be destructive. Against the top quality pace bowling attack he needs to careful and then play according to the situation. He has also scored double ton against Australia before this. He needs to play carefully in the first 10 over’s to know the bounce and pace of the pitch.
- Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell has been the biggest game changer in the tournament so far for Australia. He has come in the middle and started to hit the ball from the 1st ball. His strike rate in the tournament has been great and allowed him to play his natural game. In the first game against England he scored 66 off 40 balls, against Afghanistan he scored a breath taking 88 off 39 balls, against Sri Lanka he scored the second fastest century in World Cup history scoring 102 off 53 balls and against Pakistan in the quarter finals he scored 44 off 29 balls. He will be a danger man for India as he can create havoc and put pressure on the bowlers with his different range of strokes.
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is a big match winner for India. He has only scored 1 century so far in the tournament so far. He has got out to bad shots. He needs to spend time on the crease and then build the innings for the team. India needs him to fire big time against the Australians in the semi-finals. In the quarter finals against Bangladesh he got out playing a wide ball. Against the mighty Australians he loves the bowling. For India to win against Australia his form will be crucial and if he scores runs then India can beat the Australians.
- Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is the second leading wicket taker in the tournament so far. He has bowled brilliantly in the tournament. His main strength has been that he has bowled with pace and swing giving no room to the batsmen. He has been on the spot with his line and length. In the semi-finals against India the quick bowler will have to take wickets early with the new ball. He has been excellent in the death over’s too.
- Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami has been the leading wicket taker for India in this World Cup. He has bowled with pace. Before coming to the World Cup he was out of colour but since the start of World Cup he has bowled superbly with other bowlers like Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav. He has provided the team with wickets with new ball in the tournament and also provided wickets when the team needed. With so much batting depth in Australia’s batting, Mohammad Shami needs to do the same and also be aggressive against David Warner, Finch and other batsmen.