India and the Netherlands are set to clash in a crucial warm-up match ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, providing a last-minute opportunity to fine-tune their squads and strategies. The encounter, scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium, will be pivotal for both teams to gain momentum, especially following India's rain-washed match against England and the Netherlands’ truncated game versus Australia.
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Anticipation Peaks: India vs Netherlands ICC World Cup 2023 Warm-Up
ICC World Cup • 3 Oct, 2023 • 3,532 Views • ⭐ 5.0
Written by Anand Swami
A Glimpse into Pre-Match Scenarios
In the lead-up to the warm-up match against the Netherlands, India’s preparatory phase experienced a minor hiccup with Virat Kohli's absence from an optional practice session due to personal reasons. While Kohli's return is anticipated before the warm-up game, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami also opted out of the session, which saw active participation from the likes of Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, and the seasoned spin pair of Ashwin and Jadeja.
The Netherlands: An Impressive Bowling Display Against Australia
In a rain-impacted match against Australia, the Netherlands bowlers managed to restrict the powerhouse team to 166-7 in a 23-over per side encounter. Despite their commendable bowling effort, the Netherlands batters failed to stand firm against the aggressive Australian pacers, collapsing to 84-6 in 14.2 overs before the game was called off.
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Unveiling the World Cup Itinerary for Both Teams
India is slated to face Australia in the World Cup opener in Chennai on October 8, just days after their warm-up match against the Netherlands. The Dutch team will initiate their World Cup journey against Pakistan on October 6, followed by a match against New Zealand on October 9, both at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Telecasting and Streaming Information
The warm-up match between India and the Netherlands, scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM IST on Tuesday, 3 October 2023, will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network, specifically on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, and Star Sports Hindi 1 HD channels in India. For digital viewers, live streaming will be accessible on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website, ensuring fans don’t miss out on the pre-tournament action.
In-depth Look into the World Cup Squads
Both teams are marching into the World Cup with a blend of experience and fresh talent, aiming to strike the right balance for ensuing victories. Let's delve deeper into the squads representing both nations in the coveted tournament.
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Steering the ship for India, Rohit Sharma (c) will bank on his deputy Hardik Pandya (vc) to mount a formidable challenge. Joining them in batting might be Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan. The spinning wheel will be helmed by Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, while pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur will look to unleash chaos. Kuldeep Yadav completes the squad, offering additional spin options.
Scott Edwards (c) is tasked with leading a Netherlands side, hoping to leave a mark on the tournament. He's joined by Max O'Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, and Roelof van der Merwe, forming a solid core of the team. The squad is rounded off with Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, and Sybrand Engelbrecht, each player bringing something unique to the table, be it with the bat, ball, or in the field.
The Netherlands’ World Cup Journey: A Quick Recap
Marking their fifth appearance but first since 2011, the Netherlands arrives at the World Cup with something to prove. A solid performance in the warm-up match against a heavyweight like India could be the boost they need to springboard into a successful World Cup campaign, bridging the past and present with a potent blend of experience and fresh talent.
As India and the Netherlands gear up for their final pre-tournament clash, anticipations are sky-high. Both teams, with their own sets of triumphs and tribulations in the prelude to this warm-up game, aim to establish a psychological edge before plunging into the prestigious World Cup. The match promises not only to be a spectacle of competitive cricket but also a strategic battlefield where the teams unveil their preparedness for the global event.
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