A big clash awaits us in the Cricket World Cup 2019 as perennial rivals India and Australia face each other at The Oval. We take a look at five players who are set to play a major role in the outcome of this feisty encounter.
When it comes to the match against Australia one man that would never be away from this encounter would be the Indian Captain Virat Kohli. The 30 year old has scored 8 centuries against Australia out of which 5 times India has won the match when he has scored the triple figures. So he will be an important player ahead of the game.
The 25-year-old Jasprit Bumrah made his ODI debut against Australia. This time he would bowl against them in the World Cup for the first time. The Rank 1 bowler will certainly look to demolish the Australian Batting order with his yorkers and bouncers.
The favorite player of Australia certainly during world cups Mitchell Starc has proved himself in the last match when he picked up 5 for 46 against the stronger West Indies batting order thereby leading his side to the victory. He also broke the record of fastest 150 wickets in just 77 matches previous best was of Saqlain Mushtaq with 78 matches.
Steve Smith played a match-winning knock of 73 against West Indies in the last match. He has proved that under pressure situations he can bat very well and handle the situation comfortably. The same batting would be expected from him again when he plays against India in the next match. Overall in ODIs, Smith has scored 8 centuries out of which 7 have come in the winning cause.
Hardik Pandya will be an important all-rounder in the Indian XI against Australia. The 25-year-old shows a positive temperament towards the big matches which is very important. He is certainly the long hitter of Cricket ball and once he gets going its difficult to stop him as he is looking in good touch. He will be a player to watch out for with the bat as well as the ball when India will face Australia in their second match of the World Cup.