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India join the Cricket World Cup party

Two times winners of the Cricket World Cup, India, finally join the party today with their first game of this years tournament against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire. Having won their first World Cup back in 1983 in England and then again eight years ago on their own patch against Sri Lanka in the final.                    

The Men in Blue will be itching to finally get going, having been in fine form in recent times, having won nine of their last eleven ODI series, including winning The Asia Cup in 2018. Their form then is not to be questioned and having the key experience of the best batsmen around in Virat Kohli, they'll be confident of a third World Cup win.

Not forgetting Rohit Sharma either, the vice-captain is a truly outstanding white ball batsmen with plenty of experience too having played over 200 ODI's. India are already right up there as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy and if Sharma and his opening batting partner Shikar Darwan perform as we know they can, then a third trophy could just be around the corner.

India's batting will be their key and they are definitely best at chasing down a total with the likes of both the experienced ex-skipper MS Dhoni and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik there too.

As for India's bowling, well they have plenty of pace with Kumar, Bumrah and Shami to go alongside the spin bowlers of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja. Can they perform all together as a bowling unit though because they certainly have a good mix of players with various bowling actions. Although this time around they do look more reliant on speed than spin, but in England conditions that might not be a bad thing.

Do they have the full squad depth overall to perform in England though? We believe so and even though they will come unstuck in one or two games, they should still finish in the top four of the group stages.

India World Cup squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.

As for this morning's game, well South Africa are already under a massive amount of pressure having lost to both England and Bangladesh in their two matches so far. Can their captain Faf du Plessis getting his troops going then, he's going to have to if they want to stay in this competition.

Lose today and they would then have to win all of their last six matches to have any chance of going through to the semi-finals.

South Africa World Cup squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.

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