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12.06.2019 01:55

Satta Singh reckons Kiwi pace will trump India’s batting lineup

Our very own cricket expert is back once again! Read to find out his predictions and thoughts on which six players can have a massive say in India’s World Cup 2019 matchup against New Zealand.

Virat Kohli: Mr Singh was delighted to witness his favourite player get going against Australia, although would have loved the Indian skipper to score another ton. The conditions in Nottingham, meanwhile, will be a testing one and Satta ji feels that no one except the 30-year-old will be able to handle that. Kohli has amassed 100 runs already in the tournament and our man is expecting him to efficiently carry the added burden of scoring even bigger, now that Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out due to injury.

MS Dhoni: The former Indian captain was like his old self against Australia, scoring 27 runs from 14 balls. Our man argues that in tricky conditions, like the one expected in Nottingham, the 37-year-old is the Men in Blue’s most dependable outlet and is sure to leave a lasting impact on the match. He also mentions that the wicketkeeper-batsman's flexibility of being able to operate as a floater will be useful if the top order weathers the early storm.

Martin Guptill: While he may have departed for a duck in the last match against Afghanistan, Satta ji feels that the 32-year-old can become a dangerous prospect for India if he gets a start. Guptill knows the Men in Blue’s bowling lineup well from his Indian T20 League experience and looked in good nick in the opening two matches, scoring a combined 98 runs. The opening batter also has confidence on his side as the Kiwis have begun well and thus have nothing to lose, argues our man.

Trent Boult: A menace for the Indian side, the 29-year-old is already giving Satta ji quite a few nightmares. The left-arm seamer has a terrific record against India and was impressive in the warmup match between the two sides before the start of the tournament. To further supplement and cement Mr. Singh’s worries, Boult is hungry for blood as he has only taken three wickets from three matches so far this World Cup.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Satta Singh’s favourite Indian bowler, the 29-year-old could almost be unplayable if the weather forecast for Thursday turns out to be true. ‘Bhuvi’ is a swing bowling expert and can make the ball move either way for both the right and the left-hander, making him India’s most lethal option in the eyes of Mr Singh. To further back up those claims, the Indian seamer comes into the game having picked up three wickets against the Aussies, which included that of the dangerous Steve Smith.

Matt Henry: The tournament’s second-highest wicket-taker, the 27-year-old seamer is someone who, Mr Singh thinks, can break the defence of his favourite players. Henry has been sensational this World Cup, bamboozling the Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi batsmen with his classic swing bowling. The conditions in Nottingham will add to the seamer’s cause and with Dhawan missing, there will be a bit of uncertainty in the Indian batting camp.

Words: Chandan Pandey

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