Team India will finally open World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Manchester. There is high hope from Team India to defeat South Africa as they have already lost their first two games in this edition against England and Bangladesh.
While South Africa has defeated India three times out of four World Cup matches in the past, it seems that people are still rooting for India’s win according to a Google Poll, there is a 64% chance of India winning the match. South Africa won in 1992, 1999 and 2011 but let’s not forget that in the previous World Cup of 2015, India emerged as the winners.
Out of the 27 matches that India has played in the last two World Cups (2011 & 2015) along with the Champions Trophy (2013 & 2017), they have won 22 matches and lost only four matches. South Africa on the other hand, have lost 9 out of the 22 matches they have played during the same time period. This shows that Team India fans have nothing to worry about.
The major reason why India has emerged a winner in the past decade is due to the great introduction and establishment of batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. These top-three Indian batsmen have enviable records in ICC tournaments.
For Team India, the Indian captain has amassed 4306 runs in 69 innings at an average of 78.29 with 19 hundred since the 2015 World Cup. Rohit Sharma comes a close second with 3790 runs in 71 innings at 61.12 with 15 centuries and Shikhar Dhawan is 9th on this list with 2848 runs in 67 innings at 45.20 with 8 hundred.
Coming to the South Africa Team, Dale Steyn getting ruled out of the World Cup 2019 without having played a game due to a shoulder injury has become worrisome to the team. Another of their key players will be missed at this match as Lungi Ngidi is still recovering from a hamstring problem.
The Indian team is very certain of their win as, on the eve of the big clash, this is what the Indian Captain Virat Kohli had to say, “The first week has been gradual progress. A couple of lopsided games, a couple of one-sided games. There is a lot to learn about composure. The teams that are more composed have better chances of winning games, have better chances of handling pressure. We need to bring our experience into play to make better decisions. The team that can handle pressure better will win the tournament”.