The Indian team kick start their World Cup campaign today.
The Indian team kick start their World Cup campaign today.

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Team India Look To Kick Start Their World Cup 2019 Campaign On A Positive Note As They Face South Africa In Their Opening Game

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

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  • India play their first game of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa at Southampton
  • All eyes are on superstars Kohli and Dhoni, with this likely being the latter's last World Cup

Team India's fans are all geared up to finally witness their team in action when they play against South Africa at Southampton. Virat Kohli and co. play their first league match in the World Cup 2019 on Wednesday

Indian fans couldn't contain their excitement to see the Men in Blue in action against the Proteas and some even took to social media to express their angst of waiting for more than a week since the tournament began. The current Indian cricket team is deemed to be the favourite to win the cup by many and millions in India are hoping for Virat Kohli to lead them to the cup. 

The batting unit is considered to be one of the strongest in world cricket, with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who are known for their remarkable partnerships. Virat Kohli is expected to lead from the front both as a batsman and as the captain and is expected to guide the team to victory and eventually to the cup.

This would also be veteran MS Dhoni's last World Cup before he retires from international cricket and Dhoni fans cannot wait to see their ''captain cool'' go on a blitzkrieg in the tournament. Earlier, in a practice match against Bangladesh, he smashed an unbeaten 113 in 87 balls, grabbing everyone's attention. 

The pace trio of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are spearheading the Indian pace attack backed by the famed spinner duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.  The all-rounders in the team comprising of Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and Vijay Shankar offer India the additional edge with both the bat and the ball.    

The standby wicket-keeper batsmen Dinesh Karthik who is also a part of the squad will hope to get a game in his maiden World Cup tour. 

As Team India reaches the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton, they are greeted by enthusiastic fans wishing the men in blue luck for their upcoming clash.  

 The Men in Blue also received wishes from throughout the country including political leaders. 

South Africa, on the other hand, has suffered from two losses and will be looking to bounce back against India. 

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