“The 50-over World Cup is the biggest sporting event in cricket history. So, for me, this is the biggest event I will be a part of.”
It will be a tough test right from the start, as they are playing Australia, and is there such a thing as a chance of facing Australia in the Cricket World Cup in the game? This Australian team is not the Australian team of 1999, 2003 or 2007, and they are not a perfect team either, lacking depth most of all in the spin department, but you would be surprised if they did not reach the semi-finals at least. India will not have to face very strong opponents in this tournament. They are not being given any relaxation in this.
The newly renovated Chepauk has a series of frescoes commemorating various historical moments. One thing is particularly interesting, and unusual in a country that generally only celebrates its own achievements: Pakistan’s victorious team was given a standing ovation while taking the victory lap at Chepauk in 1999. This is a crowd that is known to appreciate good cricket, no matter who plays it, so they are guaranteed a good time on Sunday, as long as the rain stays away.
India LWWWL (last five completed ODIs, most recent first)
In the spotlight – Hardik Pandya and Glenn Maxwell
India (probable XI): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shubman Gill/Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, 5 KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammed Siraj
Australia (probable XI): 1 David Warner, 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Cameron Green, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (c), 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Adam Zampa
pitch and conditions
The straw-coloured, black-soil pitch may tempt India to play three spinners. Chepauk sees a fair competition between bat and ball: scores in the last eight first innings in ODIs here have ranged from 227 to 299, with the team batting first winning six times.
The weather is likely to be humid and the maximum temperature is expected to be 33 degrees Celsius. North-east monsoon may bring scattered rain in the evening.
Statistics and General Knowledge
- MA Chidambaram Stadium has hosted seven World Cup games. Australia have played three of these matches and won each time: they beat India by one run in a group-stage thriller and beat Zimbabwe by 96 runs here in 1987; Then, in the quarter-finals of the 1996 edition, they chased down 287 to defeat New Zealand.
- Apart from the defeat to Australia in 1987, India has played one other World Cup match in Chepauk. They had defeated West Indies by 80 runs here while winning the title in 2011.
- India and Australia have faced each other 12 times in ODIs since the end of the 2019 World Cup and have won six games each.
“You have heard the great man say many times that you know, until he wins the World Cup, some of his work will remain incomplete. I am sure you know what I am talking about. So it’s the same for us too. You want to win the World Cup, it’s the biggest award in your career. But again, there’s a way to do it. There’s a process you have to follow. There’s a process to it. is (…) It’s good to be frustrated. It’s good to be hungry. But you have to find that balance, right? (…) You can’t get too ahead of yourself because that could lead to something that You really don’t want to.”
captain of india Rohit Sharma He made a Sachin Tendulkar (or Lionel Messi) reference to highlight what this World Cup means for his team
“I think the most exciting thing about the World Cup is that it’s a campaign. It feels like you’re out there with 14 other people and you’re just trying to make the next few months as special as we can.” Are on a trip.” yes. That’s why I like it. There is no forward planning and you are no longer trying to manage different formats. We are here for the World Cup and everyone’s focus is on that. So, I have really enjoyed it and the boys have also enjoyed it so far it has been great and yes, this is my third World Cup and first as captain. They’re all really special.”
captain of australia pat cummins
Karthik Krishnaswamy is assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo