India plays UAE on tomorrow and the team looks to be in fine touch after their successive comfortable victories against Pakistan and South Africa. The team looks to be fully pumped with sheer confidence and they are now regarded as one of the strongest teams of the World Cup.
India batted superbly in each of the matches and posed a total over 300 on both the matches (they scored 300 against Pakistan and 307 against South Africa respectively). Also, the bowling unit as a whole restricted the opposition well below the target and India won comprehensively.
Tomorrow’s game shall be an experimental one. Here is the list of 5 things that India must do against UAE.
1. Rohit Sharma’s batting:
Rohit Sharma did manage to get a good start in the match against Pakistan but was dismissed by playing a loose shot on a slightly short pitched delivery. Against South Africa too, he was dismissed run out, courtesy of an outstanding run out from AB De Villiers. He needs to perform and tomorrow is perhaps the best stage for him to gain back his form. Surely, he will try his best to take the opportunity.
2. Batting in the Death Overs:
Now this has been a matter of slight concern for the team. India did play superbly in the middle overs in both the matches but they faced a slight collapse at the death overs. And definitely, they were 20-25 runs short in the ultimate five overs of the game. The lower middle order did not click that well and a cameo innings at the death overs lacked. This is a thing India shall have to take with importance tomorrow for the future games.
3. Posting a Huge Win:
A game against a minnow should not be taken lightly. Instead, it has to be taken as an opportunity. India must try to pose a huge victory that will increase their net run rate and also their stature for the quarter final spot shall be well poised then.
4. Squad Rotation:
Indian team remained unchanged for the past two matches. They can experiment a bit in the game tomorrow to get knowledgeable about their bench strength which might come effective in important matches to follow. Players in the likes of Axar Patel and Stuart Binny can be given a chance.
5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fitness:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the prime strengths in the bowling line up but due to fitness issues, he has not managed to be in the final XI in both the games of the World Cup. He can be played tomorrow and thus his level of fitness can be monitored. This has to be done as he can be the trump card in the bowling line up in games to follow.