India vs Afghanistan: A three-match Twenty20 International series between the two nations will begin on Thursday and go through January 17. India will be aiming for the right preparation ahead of the T20 World Cup in June, as this is the first-ever bilateral series between the two nations.
The 1st T20 match between India vs Afghanistan will take place on January 11th, 2024, at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Match Details to Note:
Match: India vs Afghanistan, 1st T20 match
Date: January 11th, 2024 (Thursday)
Time: 07:00 PM IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
With talented batters like Surya Kumar Yadav and Shubhman Gill, along with youthful players like Ruturaj Gayakwad and Rinku Singh, India boasts a formidable squad. Their batting order is excellent. With players like Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja leading their potent spin squad, they might present Afghanistan with a serious challenge.
Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma have been invited back to the Indian T20 team after missing the last four series. The squad includes youthful players like Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma, and Yashasvi Jaiswal; Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah are not playing.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.
Players to watch out for in:
Yashasvi Jaiswal is expected to open with Rohit to have a left-right combination. Former Indian player Kiran More commended Jaiswal’s exceptional performances, highlighting his aggressive approach and intent to score boundaries from the outset.
Kuldeep is in red-hot form in South Africa, where the pitch favours the seamers; he took six wickets in two matches, including five wickets in just one game.
Possible Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Tilak Verma, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill/ Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Arshdeep Singh, Axar Patel , Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan
The three cricketers from Afghanistan who are most adept at spinning the ball are Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Muhammad Nabi. These athletes have a knack for taking wickets. In the middle of the game, they strive to make things difficult for the opposing side.
Afghan batters typically attempt to hit the ball hard right away when they bat. They seek to find spaces and score a lot of runs to put pressure on the other side. Afghanistan’s team is more adaptable and powerful because of its players’ dual skill sets in bowling and batting.
Ibrahim Zadran (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ikram Alikhil (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Azmaullah Omarzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Saleem, Qais Ahmad, Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan.
Players to watch out for in:
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been an important member of the white-ball setup team. He has given outstanding performances in every situation and against every opponent. Mujeeb, who is quite effective on Indian pitches, will be one of the team’s first-choice players. In the powerplay, he bowls as a wicket-taking option as well.
As the opening batsman in T20Is, the wicket-keeper has been his team’s most productive batsman in white-ball cricket, playing most of the ball. Furthermore, he is the keeper, and he is responsible for controlling the game from behind the wickets.
Possible Playing XI:
Ibrahim Zadran (captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hazratullah Zazai
India vs Afghanistan Head-To-Head:
India has played five Twenty20 international matches against Afghanistan, winning four of them. In the previous year’s Asian Games Final in China, one match ended in a draw.
India vs Afghanistan Toss Prediction:
The pitch is helpful for batters, therefore, whoever wins the toss will pick to bat first. The first team who bats will try to score a big target to win the match.
India vs Afghanistan Pitch Report:
With over 180 runs scored in five of the last six innings, Mohali is a batsman’s paradise. Moreover, the opening innings’ average score is rather high, and having the first batting offers you a tiny edge. Both spin and quick bowlers have taken an equal number of wickets on a pitch that is balanced for them.
India vs Afghanistan Match Report:
Both teams will be put to the test, and it will be up to the Indian squad to win the series with a respectable record. Afghanistan may provide a formidable challenge because they have a quality roster with a few respectable players and they have played in India before. However, we believe that Rohit Sharma and his team will have an easy victory because of the calibre of the Indian team.
India is expected to win the India vs Afghanistan match at the odds of 1.13
India vs Afghanistan Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Yashasvi Jaiswal is expected to open with Rohit to have a left-right combination. Former Indian player Kiran More commended Jaiswal’s exceptional performances, highlighting his aggressive approach and intent to score boundaries from the outset. He will be the most recommended player from the Indian team to bet for in the first game of the bilateral series.