If you have been seeing the Indian cricket over the years, you would have found out that whenever the team goes overseas, there are not much expectations associated with it. People think India is just going out to make the numbers.
When a young Indian team flew to London for the Champions Trophy 2013, the scenario was no different. There were talks that the ball hoops around at the start of the summer in England and these new blokes will have a tough time.
But, in the very first warm up game that India played in England was the indication that the selectors had selected this team after deep thinking. The batsmen who had made it to the final 15 had some class and spark about them.
The only thing which was worrying the Indian camp a little bit after the warm up games was the opening combination. Shikhar Dhawan was a certainty just because of his flair, but, who was going to be his partner was the question.
Many people reckoned it would be Karthik, but, when Dhoni is around, you can expect some out of the box tricks. He saw that Karthik was utterly comfortable in the middle order in the warm ups, so, he took a gamble and sent Rohit Sharma at the top of the order with Dhawan.
What a move that proved to be. Rohit and Dhawan haven’t failed a single time thus far in the event. In all the 4 India games, they have turned up, put up rollicking foundation at the top and helped India win them.
But, the real test is yet to happen. It’s the big final which is on Sunday. It all depends on that game. You win that, you are the champions. You lose there, you go home empty handed. Nobody remembers the runners up.
It’s England which will be up against India in the final. The Poms have also not done badly in this competition. Nobody has been seen swinging the ball as prodigiously as the English bowlers have done in this tournament.
It’s more of a contest between India’s batting and English bowling. So, my tip for the people involved in sports betting is that they should wait for the pitch report before placing any bets. If the conditions and the pitch are likely to assist seam bowling, then, they should go for England.
But, if the pitch is a little bit dry and is supposed to slow down later on, then, India is the favourite and the betters should go for India. More information about bets can be found here.