The upcoming World Cup will be the fifth time England will host Cricket’s most important tournament. They hosted the first three editions and another one in 1999. So after a 20-year break, the Cricket World Cup is coming back to its birthplace!
Indians, like most of the other sub-continental nations, have struggled to adjust with England’s climate and pitches in the past. Factually speaking, the country has just three test victories to show for in its 43 years-long history of cricket in England (with Ajit Wadekar (1971), Kapil Dev (1986) and Rahul Dravid (2007) being the lucky ones to win there). However, with the historic 1983 World Cup triumph and 2013 Champions Trophy victory, Team India has more than made up for its struggles here.
This time, Kohli’s men have the golden chance of repeating the heroics of 1983. The 30-year old could become only the second Indian to lift the World Cup at the famous Lord’s. But there is a long way to go before the Lord’s. India will play 9 games in the group stage at six different grounds So how will India perform at six different venues? What strategies should be made for those games?
Let us take a look at 2019 Cricket World Cup Venues where India will play their group stage games:
6The Rose Bowl, Southampton:
Vs South Africa (5th June) | Vs Afghanistan (22nd June)
One of the most picturesque grounds in England, the Rose Bowl will host India’s first game of the World Cup. The Men in Blue will face South Africa on 5th June here and will be back to take on Afghanistan on 22nd June.
England and Pakistan recently played at the Rose Bowl where the game ended with 734 runs and just 10 wickets in 100 overs. Needless to say, it will be raining boundaries in Southampton on 5th June. Although the conditions on the given day might change the situation, Rose Bowl’s pale brown and dry pitch is likely to stay a batting paradise. Spinners might get some help from the dry and rough patches, so dealing with Rashid Khan will be a task for Indians on 22nd June.
A flat track is always a great sign for Indians as they rely heavily on the top-order of Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli. And boy, won’t they love to bat on this pitch!