Finally, the big game is here. The most awaited. India takes on their arch-rivals Pakistan at the MCG. Nothing gets more eye-catching for cricket folklore. The rivalry is growing bigger and bigger every year. At the same time, the rise in quality has also breached a certain level.
Ground: MCG, Melbourne
Date: October 23, 2022
Time: 1.30 PM
Batters enjoy playing on this surface. The ball will carry pace to reach the bat, which is what the batters love to have. Bigger boundaries, but still, there will be more gaps for the batters. In addition, there will turn and bounce for the spinners.
Probable Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur
Mohammed Rizwan (WK), Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shan Masood, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
Captain: B Azam
B Azam is a show stealer. He has already upset India in a champions trophy with his brilliant knock. And now, he seems to be in good touch, and this time at an even bigger stage, he will again be a wrecker in chief for India.
We know most of you wouldn’t be happy with this captain. But B Azam is our choice. Other options will be V Kholi, H Pandya and M Rizwan.
Wicketkeeper: M Rizwan
It has been a mystery how this bloke has been a smoker in Pakistan for almost a year. Whenever it demands high-quality innings, Rizwan has never failed.
Vice-captain: KL Rahul
KL Rahul has gotten back his touch after his injury in the last warm-up game. We all know what his consistency is.
Batters: B Azam, KL Rahul, V Kohli, S Yadav
Recently, the duo V Kohli and S Yadav have been playing some spectacular innings together. With this big game, it is expected to be the same.
All-rounders: H Pandya, M Nawaz
H Pandya is a big game player and will have to prove himself in both the batting and bowling departments. So he is an obvious choice for us.
The sledgehammer approach of M Nawaz needs more compensation from Indian bowlers to solve it.
Bowlers: M Shami, S Thakur, S Afridi, H Rauf
M Shami is always a dasher with the ball. He never misses bowling for wickets. While wickets easily get attracted to this man named Shardul Thakur.
S Afridi, with his in-swingers, will attract more opportunities in the beginning. With his slowers and incredible pace, H Rauf will make a difference.