India vs Afghanistan Playing XI ICC World Cup 2019: Injury-hit India’s Playing XI, Pant, Shami to make debut
India vs Afghanistan Playing XI: Injury-hit India likely to include Rishabh Pant, Shami in its Playing XI against Afghanistan on June 22.
India vs Afghanistan Playing XI, World Cup 2019: Get live updates on Team India's playing XI on our page. India is likely to go up against Afghanistan with two new changes in its line-up. The India vs Afghanistan World Cup match will be telecasted live on Star Sports on June 22 from 3 pm IST onwards from the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton. You can also catch live updates on our page.
Team India, riding high on its massive win against Pakistan last Sunday, is all set for another rampage today against the five-down Afghanistan in Cricket World Cup 2019.
India’s Predicted Playing XI against Afghanistan: India without Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India vs Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI, World Cup 2019: Though there is no doubt that Team India will be the clear favourites against Afghanistan in their world cup clash in Southampton, injury to key players has come as a major blow to India. India will be going into its match with Afghanistan without two of its star players, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the entire World Cup due to a fracture on his thumb, which he had suffered during his match-winning 117 run innings against Australia at the Oval. Rishab Pant, who had been named as a team reserve, has been brought to England as his replacement.
India’s star pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also been ruled out from at least next three games after he suffered a hamstring injury during his third over against Pakistan at Old Trafford. With Kumar out, Mohammed Shami is expected to finally find a place in the playing XI.
The new changes mean that India would be playing with two debutants in its match against Afghanistan- Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Shami. Rishabh Pant is likely to replace Kedar Jadhav in the squad. Mohammed Shami is expected to be paired with pacer Jasprit Bumrah, while spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will continue their good swing.
India’s Predicted Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Afghanistan’s off-field woes
Afghanistan's team is likely to remain same for its match against India. Following five consecutive defeats in World Cup 2019, Afghanistan is currently dealing with both on-field and off-field issues. Just a month before the cricket world cup, Afghanistan’s regular ODI and Test captain Asghar Afghan was replaced by all-rounder Gulbadin Naib. The move did not go down well with some of the team’s senior players such as Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.
Rashid Khan, whose performance in the IPL was incredible, has surprised everyone with his dismal performance in the ongoing world cup with one of the worst bowling figures. When asked about his relationship with the new skipper Gulbadin Naib, spinner Rashid Khan had replied saying; "Neither do I play for Gulbadin nor for the cricket board (Afghanistan Cricket Board) but for Afghanistan," said the team's star spinner Rashid Khan.
Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zardan.
India vs Afghanistan Head-to-head
Virat Kohli-led India is currently placed fourth on the world cup points table with three wins in four matches and one tie, while Afghanistan lay at the bottom with five losses. The men-in-blue will be looking to continue their unbeaten streak and increase their net run rate, as it would be significant for advancement into the semi-finals.
In their previous match, India thrashed Pakistan with a massive margin of 89 runs under the Duckworth Lewis method. The one-sided match was dominated by India’s batsmen and bowlers. Several Indian players including Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar displayed brilliant skills on the field.
Afghanistan is currently struggling in both their batting and fielding departments. Their star bowlers have also not performed up to the mark.
Even though it looks like a one-sided contest again for India, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has admitted that the men-in-blue will not be taking Afghanistan likely and would be playing with the same intensity, as this cricket world cup more than anything proves how unpredictable cricket teams can be.