Paul Collingwood Backs India To Win T20 World Cup Semi-final Against England
By CricShots - Jun 26, 2024 2:51 pm
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The stage is set for a thrilling rematch as red-hot India takes on England in the second semi-final of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in Guyana on Thursday. This clash rekindles memories of the 2022 edition’s semi-final where England cruised to a 10-wicket victory thanks to a dominant opening partnership between Jos Buttler and Alex Hales. That defeat forced India to re-evaluate its T20 strategy, ushering in an era of youth and aggression.

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India vs England

This time around, the narrative seems different. India boasts a more potent batting line-up featuring seasoned veterans like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Their middle-order packs a heavier punch, and the bowling attack offers greater variety. However, the defending champions England, led by the in-form Jos Buttler and his new opening partner Phil Salt, are a force to be reckoned with.

Former England cricketer Paul Collingwood, speaking on Star Sports Press Room, believes India holds a significant advantage: “India, with their well-rounded squad, stands out particularly for Jasprit Bumrah’s current form. He is fit, accurate, fast, and highly skilled. No team seems to have an answer for him.” He emphasizes the impact Bumrah’s pace can have in a T20 format, potentially swinging the momentum in India’s favor.

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Collingwood acknowledges India’s resilience, evident in their ability to navigate tricky situations and pitches. He highlights Rohit Sharma’s recent heroics against Australia as a sign of a resurgent batting line-up. “Honestly, I cannot see India losing this time. England will need something extraordinary to beat them,” he concludes.

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Paul Collingwood

However, Collingwood recognizes England’s potential for rising to the occasion in high-pressure scenarios. He emphasizes the team’s aggressive approach and Jos Buttler’s phenomenal form, capable of propelling them to victory. “Having a captain in such good form creates a calmer atmosphere,” he says, highlighting the positive influence of a confident leader.

The match promises to be a battle of contrasting styles. India, with their well-rounded attack, could benefit from a slower, turning pitch. On the other hand, England’s aggressive batting might find more freedom on a flat surface.

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Both teams have a lot at stake. England aims to become the first team to retain the T20 World Cup title, while India seeks to break its long wait for a World Cup trophy in any format since 2011. This clash is more than just a semi-final; it’s a rematch with redemption on the line. The winner will book their place in the coveted final and move one step closer to glory.