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World Cup 2019: 5 Teams India should be wary of in the tournament

These teams have the ability to go past any side on any given day.

Kuldeep Yadav India
Indian team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The World Cup is just around the corner and teams have already announced their intimidating squads. Few teams have started their training for the tournament even as many players have already left the Indian Premier League (IPL) to prepare well, physically and mentally for the biggest extravaganza in cricket. Hyderabad’s David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, Rajasthan’s Steve Smith and Jos Buttler, Bangalore’s Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis and Mumbai’s Jason Behrendorff are a few of those.

India has announced a well-balanced squad for the World Cup, even though some names have surprisingly been left out, like Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant. They have some good backups for almost all the positions. They mainly rely on their batting which consists of some of the greatest players in world cricket currently, such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni.

Their bowling will be led by Jasprit Bumrah alongside Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and their spin-duos Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. For India, the mantra has always been ‘spin to win’ and this duo complements each other brilliantly. The all-rounders Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav, who will mostly be fit for the World Cup, will also be chipping in with some overs.

The World Cup will be played in a different format compared to the earlier editions which is why every team will be an equal threat.

Here we bring you the five teams which Team India should be wary of in the World Cup:

1. Australia

Australia
Australia. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

This is one of the best teams in the World Cup. They have exceptional fast bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff. Both David Warner and Steve Smith have also come back into the Australian team after their ban. They both looked in good touch at this year’s IPL.

Australia is likely to play one spinner as Adam Zampa and four pacers. Maxwell can also bowl spin and cover up a few overs if needed. Recently, Jhye Richardson got injured and was ruled out only to be replaced by Kane Richardson. Australia will be having a lid over India having beaten them at home recently after being 0-2 down in the five-match series. Virat Kohli’s men should be aware of their shortcomings and look to not repeat those mistakes again.

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