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09.06.2019 12:18

Satta Singh expects a Warner special against India

Our very own skilled pundit Satta Singh is back! Here he gives his thoughts on the six players to watch out for in India’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ fixture against Australia at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

David Warner: Our man expects a devastating act from the southpaw, given the raw hard-hitting aura that is emitted whenever the Aussie left-hander takes the field. While Warner has started this year’s campaign with 92 runs from two games, Mr. Singh reckons the 32-year-old will rediscover the form that saw him amass 345 runs in the previous edition.

Steve Smith: Mr. Singh admires the gamechanger factor that the 30-year-old Smith carries along with him. A player known to handle pressure; the middle-order batsman displayed his class with a valiant 73 against West Indies at a time when his team’s batting order was shaken up. Looking at his 455-run tally from the 2015 World Cup, Satta Ji believes Smith will be an instrumental figure for Australia today and will have a good battle with Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

Virat Kohli: Mr. Singh’s favourite player, captain Kohli was surprisingly off-color in India’s first game, being dismissed for just 18 runs. Nevertheless, the 30-year-old finds strong support from our in-house expert, who believes the vibrant Indian skipper will certainly make a big statement with the bat against one of his favourite opposition teams.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: According to the brilliance that is Mr. Singh, Bhuvneshwar will shine today on an Oval pitch that is pacer-friendly. The 29-year-old all-rounder began his campaign with a two-wicket haul against South Africa and is itching to trouble Australia’s hard-hitting batting department.

Kuldeep Yadav: Satta Ji is rooting for the 24-year-old Chinaman bowler to spin his way through Australia’s batting prowess. With 88 wickets from 45 matches, Kuldeep is one of India’s frontline spinners and enjoys healthy support from captain Virat Kohli. Despite bagging just a wicket in the Men in Blue’s first game on Wednesday, Mr. Singh is optimistic about an impactful performance from him.

Words: William Paul

Images: PA