India can’t afford to take time to settle down vs South Africa, says Michael Clarke

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke has said India will have to settle into their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opening match quickly as he expects battered South Africa to play positive cricket in Southampton on Wednesday.Clarke, the captain of Australia’s World Cup-winning team in 2015, said South Africa have had time to understand the conditions better and that India will have to adapt quickly in order to avoid being caught off guard in their World Cup 2019 opener.South Africa have had their worst-ever start to a World Cup campaign as Faf du Plessis’ men have lost to England and Bangladesh in their first two matches. Clarke wants the Proteas to treat their tie vs India on Wednesday as a do-or-die match.”The key, if I was in the Indian change room, I would be saying ‘let’s not take time to settle into the match’. If we’re batting, let’s start in the fifth gear and dominate South Africa. If we’re bowling, let’s focus on taking wickets in the first 10 overs,” Michael Clarke told India Today.He added: “I feel India can’t afford to take time to settle into the game as I feel South Africa are going to come hard at them.”South Africa need to assume that if they lose vs India, they’re going home. They need to come out and play their best cricket. They are used to these conditions, they know what to expect.”India are a brilliant team and, in my opinion, they are the favourites for the competition. I have no doubt India will reach the semi-finals. For South Africa, now, it’s make or break after losing the 1st 2 games.”advertisementIndia, who won their warm-up match against Bangladesh after hundreds from KL Rahul and MS Dhoni, have had enough time to rest and recover from the workload of Indian Premier League. It seems all-rounder Kedar Jadhav who suffered a shoulder injury during IPL has recovered in time for the opener vs South Africa.India are going to go to the safer option: Michael Clarke on wrist-spinnersShedding light on India’s possible team combination, Michael Clarke doesn’t see Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal playing in tandem in a lot of matches in World Cup 2019. He expects India to adopt a “safer approach” and include Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI.”I would definitely go with 2 wrist-spinners. But I think India are going to go the safer option. My mind is assuming India are going to go with Jadeja and his inclusion also adds depth to the batting unit.”Also Read | India vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 8: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | World Cup 2019: History favours India over South Africa in recent ICC eventsAlso See:last_img

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