IND Vs ENG: England's batsmen are making a splash but Team India has the X factor

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is in its final stages. With Afghanistan's thrilling 8-run win over Bangladesh, the semi-final lineup of the tournament has been decided. India and Afghanistan from Group 1 and South Africa and England from Group 2 have made it to the last 4. In the first semi-final, 'Giant Killer' Afghanistan will face South Africa (Afghanistan Vs South Africa) on June 27, while on the same day, India will face England (India Vs England) in the second semi-final.

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Talking about Team India, it is facing England in the semi-finals of the second consecutive T20 World Cup. The two teams also faced each other in the 2022 semi-finals, when the Indian team had to face a crushing defeat of 10 wickets. This time the Rohit Sharma brigade will have a chance to avenge the previous defeat. In the T20 World Cup, both the teams have come face to face 4 times so far and both have won twice each. The Indian team won in 2007 and 2012, while the England team dominated in 2009 and 2022. This time too the match is likely to be tough, but the deadly-economical bowling of Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav and the all-round performance of Hardik Pandya can prove to be the X factor for Team India. By the way, England also has a good all-rounder in the form of Sam Curran, but he has not been able to make much impact in bowling. Captain Rohit Sharma's explosive innings against Australia would definitely have put pressure on the England camp.

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The first T20 World Cup match between the two countries was held in Durban in the very first tournament of 2007. This match became memorable due to the 6 sixes hit by India's Yuvraj Singh in Stuart Broad's over, Team India won it by 18 runs. Both the teams faced each other again in the 2009 World Cup. England won this match at Lord's by 3 runs. After this, in the 2012 World Cup in Colombo, the Indian team defeated England by a huge margin of 90 runs, while in the semi-final held in Adelaide in 2022, England embarrassed Team India by winning by 10 wickets.

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Rohit, Virat, Hardik and Butler have better records with the bat
Talking about the current players of both the teams, India's Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya have performed brilliantly with the bat against England in the recent past, while Butler's bat has been very good for England. Rohit has scored 91 runs at an average of 45.50 and a strike rate of 131.88, remaining unbeaten once in three innings of 4 matches of the T20 World Cup against England and Virat has scored 90 runs in two matches at an average of 45.00 and a strike rate of 125.00. Hardik played an innings of 63 runs at a strike rate of 190.90 in his only match against England in 2022. By the way, Gautam Gambhir (129 runs in three matches, average 43) has scored the most runs for India against England in the T20 World Cup.

On the other hand, Jos Buttler has scored the most runs against India in the T20 World Cup from England. He and Phil Salt can become the biggest threat to Team India this time in batting. Buttler has scored 91 runs in two matches at an average of 91.00 and a strike rate of 149.18, which also includes a brilliant innings of 80 not out in the 20022 semi-final. Alex Hales also played an unbeaten innings of 86 runs in this match, but he is not a part of the English team this time.

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All the bowlers of the current Indian team have an empty 'account' against England
In the bowling department, Harbhajan Singh is India's most successful bowler against England in the T20 World Cup. He has taken the most 8 wickets in four matches against England in the tournament. Irfan Pathan has also taken 5 wickets against England in two matches. Along with this, it is also a fact that no bowler of the current Indian team has been able to take wickets against England in the T20 World Cup. Arshdeep Singh, Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel of the current Team India played in the match against England in 2022 and all three remained 'wicketless'. While Team India's 'trump card' in bowling, Jasprit Bumrah has not got a chance to play against England in the T20 World Cup, the 'Chinaman' is playing in the T20 World Cup for the first time.

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5 England batsmen have a strike rate of 150+ in the current World Cup
Be it Test, ODI or T20 format, playing aggressive cricket is England's habit. Even in the T20 World Cup 2024, England's batsmen have scored runs quickly by 'attacking' the opposition bowlers. Opener Phil Salt has so far scored 183 runs in 7 matches at an average of 45.75 and a strike rate of 166.36 and captain Jos Buttler has scored the highest 191 runs at an average of 47.75 and a strike rate of 159.16. Apart from these two, Harry Brook (120 runs in three innings of 7 matches at an average of 120), Liam Livingstone (61 runs in three innings at an average of 20.33) and Moeen Ali (63 runs in 4 innings at an average of 15.75) also have a strike rate above 150. The Indian team will have to make a solid strategy to get these strong batsmen out quickly. In the bowling department, Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid (9-9 wickets) are the most successful bowlers of the team this season. Chris Jordan has also taken 7 wickets including a hat-trick.

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Only one batsman from India has scored runs at a strike rate of 150+
In the current World Cup, only Rohit Sharma has scored runs at a strike rate of more than 150 for India. He has scored the most 191 runs for the team (average 38.20 and strike rate 159.16). Apart from Rohit, Hardik Pandya (116 runs), Rishabh Pant (167 runs), Suryakumar Yadav (149 runs) and Shivam Dubey (107 runs) have also scored more than 100 runs. In bowling, Arshdeep Singh is the most successful bowler of the team with 15 wickets. Apart from him, Bumrah has taken 11 and Hardik Pandya has taken 8 wickets. 'Chinaman' Kuldeep Yadav has proved his usefulness by taking 7 wickets in just 3 matches.

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