After getting a winning start in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 against Australia, Team India will now face Afghanistan in their second match. This encounter will take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on October 11.
Afghanistan will be coming off a defeat to Bangladesh and will look to get on track against India. The last match played in Delhi was South Africa against Sri Lanka and the Proteas hammered the highest World Cup team score of 428 runs with three batters hammering centuries.
With such sort of onslaught on Delhi wicket, the Indian team management might look to make changes in their playing XI against Afghanistan.
And Team COC presents to you the Team India Predicted Playing XI for Afghanistan encounter:
With Shubman Gill still out of contention due to dengue and not having traveled with the Indian team to Delhi for this match, Ishan Kishan will get a second chance to impress as he might open the innings with Rohit Sharma.
Shreyas Iyer will also look to get some good batting time in Delhi, while Virat Kohli will look to continue his purple patch in front of his home crowd. There will also be extra incentive for crowds in Delhi, to see Kohli go up against Naveen Ul Haq.
The Indian batters will have to be on their toes against Afghanistan spin twins Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
India might be enticed to rest KL Rahul as he was on the field against Australia for over 90 overs. But they have the luxury of asking Ishan Kishan to keep wickets instead to give Rahul some rest.
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will be the all-rounders for India. However, given how the Delhi pitch behaved in the last match, India might go in with a fourth seamer in Shardul Thakur, instead of R Ashwin. Kuldeep Yadav is expected to bamboozle the Afghan batters.
Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah will look to give India early inroads as well, so as to not let Afghanistan batters get off to a good start.
COC predicted Team India playing XI for Afghanistan match:
Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj