World Cup 2023: Focus on defending total in CWC semifinal against New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar to Team India
PTC Web Desk: In an exclusive conversation with Star Sports show 'Game Plan,' legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar expressed his views on the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal clash between India and New Zealand. He highlighted the formidable form of the Indian bowling attack, stressing that their performance remains pivotal irrespective of whether India bowls first or second.
Sunil Gavaskar emphasised that defending a total could apply scoreboard pressure on the Kiwis, potentially impacting the match.
Sunil Gavaskar highlighted the advantage of India's bowling prowess, stating that a slightly dewy pitch could favour the Indian bowlers, particularly the new ball bowlers and spinner Kuldeep Yadav. He suggested that defending a total could amplify the pressure on New Zealand, even with a modest score like 260 or 270 in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal clash between India and New Zealand.
Semifinal Expectations and Team Analysis
The cricketing legend assessed the close contest expected between the two formidable teams. He underlined that both teams seem evenly matched on paper, yet the Men in Blue hold a stronger position this time compared to their last encounter in the 2019 World Cup semifinal.
Rohit Sharma's Batting Approach and Mumbai Boys' Home Advantage
Regarding Rohit Sharma's aggressive batting style, Gavaskar noted that Sharma's focus remains on providing the team with a strong start rather than personal milestones. He highlighted the vital role of Sharma's opening partnership with Shubman Gill. Additionally, he emphasized the significance of playing at their home ground, especially for Mumbai-born players such as Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav.
Insights from Aaron Finch
Former Australian cricketer Aaron Finch praised India's bowling performance, commending the well-rounded skills of the entire bowling unit. He highlighted the effectiveness of bowlers like Shami, Jadeja, and Kuldeep, emphasising India's ability to take wickets consistently.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.