After a fine performance in the Super 12 of the 2022 T20 World Cup, Team India has reached the knock-out stages of the tournament. They will take on England in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup on Thursday, November 10 at the Adelaide Oval. India defeated Zimbabwe comfortably by 71 runs in their final match of the group stage to reach the semis.
The Rohit Sharma-led team finished the Super 12 with eight points in their kitty, topping Group 2. They won four out of five matches and had a Net Run Rate of +1.319. India kicked off the tournament with a thrilling win over Pakistan and continued the winning momentum. They suffered a loss against South Africa but bounced back well to qualify for the semi-finals.
Team India has had several match-winners in the tournament so far. They will be hoping to step up and rise to the occasion again in the semi-final against England. In this article, we take a look at three reasons why India can beat England in the semi-finals of the 2022 T20 World Cup:
3 reasons why India can beat England in the semi-finals of the 2022 T20 World Cup
#3 Virat Kohli’s dazzling form
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 7, 2022
Team India cricketer Virat Kohli is in stunning form in the 2022 T20 World Cup. He kicked off the tournament with an unbeaten 82 against Pakistan, which set the tone for India in this tournament. Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the World Cup, with 246 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 138.98. He has slammed three half-centuries so far.
Virat Kohli’s form has eased off the pressure over the Indian batting unit, with skipper Rohit Sharma struggling to perform consistently. Heading into the semi-finals, Kohli will be a huge threat for England at the Adelaide Oval, given his excellent form.
During India’s last encounter at the Adelaide Oval, Kohli was the Player of the Match. He scored 64 runs off just 44 deliveries against Bangladesh in the game. The veteran batter will be keen to continue his form in the knockouts.
#2 Arshdeep Singh’s magic in the death overs
Arshdeep Singh emerged as a reliable option for India in the death overs. With the injury to Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian team was in a spot of bother, regarding their pace attack for the tournament. However, Arshdeep Singh’s performance so far has proved him to be a viable option in the T20 format. So far, he has taken 10 wickets in five matches, at an average of 14.10, and an economy rate of 7.83.
Arshdeep is India’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far. During India’s encounter against Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval, Arshdeep Singh defended 20 off the last over, to power India to a five runs win. The youngster has bowled well in the death overs, playing a crucial role for the team at the World Cup. England batters will be wary of Arshdeep Singh’s bowling skills, in the semi-finals. The pacer might prove to be India’s trump card against England.
#1 Suryakumar Yadav – the inform finisher
Still thinking about this from Suryakumar Yadav 🤩pic.twitter.com/n52AbbnHwG
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 7, 2022
Suryakumar Yadav has taken the T20I format by storm in 2022 year. He is the leading run-scorer in the format this year, scoring over 1000 runs at an average of 44.60. The right-handed batter has a century and nine fifties to his name. He has continued his emphatic run in the T20 World Cup for India. Suryakumar Yadav has played a crucial role in the middle order to accelerate the batting.
The prolific run-scorer has slammed 225 runs in five matches, at an average of 75 and a strike rate of 193.96. He is the third-leading run-scorer in the tournament. Suryakumar Yadav’s form makes him a dangerous opponent for England in the upcoming semi-final match. The Indian cricketer has been a match-winner and could be the difference for India in the mega-clash.