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World Cup 2019: 7 Player Battles to watch out for – Virat Kohli vs Kagiso Rabada | MS Dhoni vs Jofra Archer

Eshaan Joshi
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 19:21 IST

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World Cup 2019, the biggest extravaganza of the sport has begun, and the teams have set the ball rolling with their respective assignments. However, the Indian campaign is yet to start, as Kohli's troops are set to take on South Africa in their inaugural clash.

The Indian Team is a perfect blend of youth with experience, as some of the World Cup debutants like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav, are prepared to give the biggest names in the world a stiff challenge at the biggest stage.

Let us have a look at the key face-offs which would be on exhibition as India would take on their opponents in the tournament:

#7 Hardik Pandya vs Rashid Khan

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Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan are the X-Factors of their sides going into the cricketing blitz at England. Both are known for their aggressive nature and have the ability to single-handedly swing the fortunes of the game in the favour of their sides. Furthermore, Pandya and Rashid are death over specialists, as Pandya can set the ball rolling at the end, while Rashid can apply brakes on the scoreboard with his lethal leg spin.  

Hardik has a penchant for spin bowling, having built a reputation for himself by smashing the likes of Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Adam Zampa and Todd Astle for three consecutive sixes. Similarly, Rashid is renowned for building a vicious web around the opposition's batsmen. He is particularly known for trapping the pinch hitters. It would be a great sight for the fans to cherish, when these aggressive and fearless match winners shall face-off at the death, determined to hand an ace up the sleeve of their respective sides.

#6 Virat Kohli vs Trent Boult

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As India will get set to play their third game at the World Cup, they shall be up for two challenges; Trent Bridge and Trent Boult. Adding to this would be the fire to erase the horrid memories of the warm-up game at the stage where it would matter the most.

Virat Kohli and Trent Boult are the linchpins of their respective departments in their respective squads. The two have clashed against each other on numerous occasions, and Kohli has held an upper hand in these face-offs. Trent Bridge, a venue that conventionally offered swing, has been a stage of run-fest of late, with scores of 350 odd being scored consistently. In such a case, the venue would be offering something for both the players, which would make the battle more mouth-watering for the viewers.


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