Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in this World Cup
Rachin Ravindra showed the power of his bat in his debut World Cup
Rohit Sharma crossed the 500 mark in the World Cup for the second time in a row
New Delhi. The first semi-final of the World Cup 2023 between India and New Zealand will be played in Mumbai on Wednesday (November 15). Both the teams are gearing up for this high voltage match. Both the teams consist of many strong players who can single-handedly change the course of a match. Star batsman Virat Kohli and captain Rohit have been performing brilliantly for the Indian team, while young all-rounder Rachin Ravindra has left his mark in the batting for the Kiwi team. In this article, we will look at 5 players from both the teams who have the ability to turn the tables on their own. If these players are gone, then realizing that their team’s victory is assured.
Teams of India and New Zealand (INDv vs NZ) will meet at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This is the home ground of Indian team captain Rohit Sharma. Rohit has played many matches on this ground. It also plays many matches at this ground in IPL. Looking at Rohit’s current form, it can be said that he will look to play a big innings at his home ground in the semi-final against New Zealand. He is well aware of this pitch. Rohit is scoring runs at a strike rate of 121.49 in the current IPL. In this World Cup, he has scored 503 runs in 9 innings with the help of 1 century and 3 half-centuries. Rohit is the first captain to score more than 500 runs in two consecutive World Cups. If Rohit’s bat works in Wankhede, it is understood that the opposition team will be in trouble.
Virat is in color
What can be said about Virat Kohli? King Kohli has scored 594 runs in 9 innings so far in this World Cup, including 2 centuries and 5 fifties. Virat missed 3 centuries in this World Cup. His bat is making a lot of noise. Kohli has a lot of experience playing in big matches. In the current World Cup, Kohli is playing the role of ‘troubleshooter’ in Team India. 35-year-old Virat can break Sachin Tendulkar’s record in this match. He could score a record 50th ODI century at the Wankhede Stadium.
Bumrah can cause trouble with his yorkers
All eyes will be on fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, known as the Yorker King, who is the highest wicket-taker for India in this World Cup. Bumrah has taken 17 wickets in 9 matches. Bumrah plays more matches at Wankhede for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. This is one of his favorite grounds. Bumrah has bowled against New Zealand. In such a situation he knows very well how to send the Kiwi batsmen to the pavilion cheaply.
Rachin Ravindra left a mark
Young all-rounder Rachin Ravindra has proved his talent in the debut World Cup. Rachin has scored 3 centuries in the current World Cup. This promising cricketer has scored 565 runs in 9 matches. During this time he has made many records in his name. The kind of approach that Rachin has shown on the Indian wickets is being appreciated a lot. The Indian team will have to be wary of this left-handed batsman who can spell trouble for the hosts if he gets going.
Boult could prove to be a trump card for New Zealand
Veteran fast bowler Trent Boult could prove to be a trump card for New Zealand. The bowler is slowly returning to form in the current World Cup. Boult has taken 13 wickets in 9 matches in this World Cup. This left-arm fast bowler can trouble the Indian top order. The left hand pacers have been troubling the Indian batsmen for some time now. In such a situation, players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will have to be wary of this fast bowler who has been seen struggling against left-arm fast bowlers in recent times.
First published: November 14, 2023, 11:38 IST