Rohit Sharma’s Indian team is almost ready to step into the knockout phase of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. India is leading in the tournament right now because they’ve won all their games.
India’s upcoming match is with England, the current champions who are struggling right now. This big game will be on Sunday at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
Sadly, India won’t have Hardik Pandya playing because he hurt his ligament in the match against Bangladesh. That injury also made him miss the New Zealand game.
England, led by Jos Buttler, is having a hard time too. Reece Topley, their left-arm fast bowler, can’t play anymore because he broke his finger during the South Africa match.
India’s Journey So Far India is giving everything to win this World Cup. Their first game was a tough one against Australia, who’ve won the World Cup five times before. Thanks to Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, India won that game. Then, Rohit Sharma played an amazing match against Afghanistan. After that, India played brilliantly against Pakistan. They also got easy wins against Bangladesh and New Zealand.
England’s Journey So Far Things aren’t looking good for England. They’re ninth in the rankings, having lost four out of five matches. Their only win was against Bangladesh. After that, they faced defeats by Afghanistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. If they lose again, they’ll be out of the tournament.
Past Records India and England have faced each other 106 times in one-day matches. India has won 57 times, England 44 times. They had two ties and three draws. They’ve met 8 times in World Cups. England has won 4 times and India 3 times, with one tie in 2011.
The last time India won against England in a World Cup was in 2003. If India wins on Sunday, it’ll be their first World Cup win against England in 20 years, just like their recent win against New Zealand.
Players to Watch India’s Virat Kohli: He’s doing really well, with 354 runs in 5 matches in this World Cup. He has played great against England in the past too.
England’s Dawid Malan: He’s been the best batter for England in this World Cup, with 220 runs in 5 matches.
Who Might Play? India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Who Might Win? England isn’t doing well under Buttler’s leadership. Everyone had high hopes for them, but they’re struggling. India, on the other hand, is playing great. But, they shouldn’t be too relaxed. England might still surprise everyone. For now, India looks like the favorite for Sunday’s match.