World Cup 2019: Michael Vaughan awe-struck by the support for India at the Edgbaston
Vaughan had a tough time, finding English supporters.
Updated - Dec 5, 2019 9:03 pm
India gets massive support from the crowds even when the Men in Blue play outside the home. The same has been the case in the 2019 edition of the World Cup. The fans haven’t returned home disappointed thus far as Virat Kohli and Co are yet to be defeated in the mega event. After their first six matches, India won five of them and is in the second position of the table.
Apart from their game versus Afghanistan, Virat’s men have literally turned out to be a brute force to reckon with. India is currently playing their seventh match against England at the Edgbaston in Birmingham, and the Indian supporters have swarmed in. In the meantime, former English cricketer Michael Vaughan found it tough while searching for the England supporters at the venue.
It goes without saying that Vaughan was astonished by the number of Indian supporters. Expressing his surprise, Vaughan took to Twitter and wrote, “So far we have counted 86 England fans at Edgbaston .. Including the team & management .. #CWC19,”
Here is Vaughan’s tweet
So far we have counted 86 England fans at Edgbaston .. Including the team & management .. #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 30, 2019
A high-voltage clash in Birmingham
As far as the game is concerned, both India and England made changes to their playing eleven from their previous games. Rishabh Pant, who came as a cover for Shikhar Dhawan and eventually became his replacement, was drafted into the side. The 21-year-old youngster replaced all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who didn’t quite have the greatest of outings in the last couple of matches.
Pant wasn’t in the original squad, but the rub of the green went his way. For the Three Lions, Jason Roy, who injured his hamstring in the game versus the Windies, made his comeback into the team. James Vince hasn’t had the best of World Cups and he made way for Roy, who can do a lot of damage.
The Brits also benched Moeen Ali and brought in Liam Plunkett into the eleven. On a fresh wicket with a bit of dry grass on it, the hosts, captained by Eoin Morgan, elected to bat first after which Roy and Bairstow gave England a thunderous start.