The mercury of the World T20 semifinals between West Indies and India is rising and cricket fans are getting ready for the macular clash on Thursday, March 31. West Indies topped the group one and found host India in the semi-final as India finished second in the group phase. While West Indies played outstanding cricket throughout the tournament but surrendered to Afghanistan in a low scoring match India lost their first match to New Zealand and struggle against Pakistan and Bangladesh, but in the virtual quarterfinal, Virat Kohli’s brilliance helped India to qualify for the semifinal.
On the eve of the match second semifinal, I have picked up five players who can make a difference in the match
Chris Gayle: The West Indies opener can take away the match singlehandedly. His giant stride and constant punch to bowl makes him formidable and he will love to contribute in the semifinal as the tournament final at stake. Gayle is a storm, he can blow away everything that will be hurled at him. He loves playing fast bowlers and slow medium pacer, but he has a problem of playing deadly Yorker and quality spinner. However, Gayle can also contribute with his off spin. The Wankhede pitch will not be batting friendly so Darren Sammy may throw the ball to Gayle, who impressed everybody with guile against England.
Virat Kohli: He is the most appreciated cricketer in the World right now. World media heaped praise on him and even went on to compare him with Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli’s majestic 82 against Australia helped India to qualify for the semifinal in Mohali. In the last four World T20, it was seen that Indian’s batting line up is overdependent on Virat Kohli. It is true that Indian top order failed to contribute anything to India’s innings. In the Bangladesh match where Kohli got out for 23, India managed only 145 and won the match by only one run. However, in the match against Pakistan and Australia Virat played some of the best innings of his life. So, against West Indies, he will be India’s key wicket and his early departure may badly affect India’s chance to qualify for the final.
Dwayne Bravo: This allrounder is an integral part of West Indies bowling attack and has the ability to pick up a couple of wickets and put the opposition team in a dangerous situation. His slow ball usually foxes a batsman. Bravo is also the heart of West Indies middle order. He can provide handy contribution at crunch situation.
Ravichandran Ashwin: The off-spinners is the prime arsenal of Indian spin department. At spin friendly pitch he starts the proceedings. Ashwin always pays back his captaincy’s confidence in him. Ashwin beat batsman with his subtle variations . He has carom ball, wrist spin and arm ball in his armory.
Samuel Badree: The West Indies leg-spinner has removed Ashwin to become the numero uno spinner of the T20 cricket recently. Badree throughout the tournament has bowled remarkably well and he his very economical. He always keeps opposition team’s flow of run in check. So, the leg spinner will play a key role in India given that India have a problem with leg spinners.
These five players will key role for their respective teams if they fail then their team will have a tough time.