The 2019 ICC World Cup is well on its way but the India team will have to wait another couple of days before they open their World Cup campaign. The men in blue will play their first game on June 5 against a struggling South African side.
South Africa has already played two World Cup games. The first one was against hosts England which they lost by over a 100 runs and their second match was on 02 June against Bangladesh which they also lost.
South Africa Keen To Bounce Back
After back-to-back defeats, the Proteas have another tough challenge on their hands as they take on a strong Indian team. The Proteas have received a lot of flak back home for their poor performances and will be low on confidence. They know that they not only need to put up a better performance against Team India but they need to win and get crucial points on the board.
The biggest setback to the Proteas is the number of players they have lost to injury. They lost Dale Steyn before the tournament started, H Amla in Game 1 and L Ngidi in Game 2. There is a lot of pressure on South African captain Faf Du Plessis who will have to keep his team in a positive state of mind and believe they can find a way to upset India at Southampton.
In a statement, Du Plessis said “I’ll go back and try and see how we can lift the spirits in the team. We’re playing a strong team in India in their first game, and our third game, so as a team, we know. We know we’re not good enough at the moment and we have to turn it around.”
India Must Play Ruthless Cricket
Indian captain Virat Kohli is known to play a ruthless brand of cricket but there are times when he can lose the plot when things don’t go his way. It is going to be critical for Team India to come out firing from ball 1 whether they are bowling or batting and put the Proteas under pressure immediately.
If India allow South Africa to get on top at the start, they will find the going tough as the Proteas are remain positive that they can turn things around and win their first World Cup.