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3 Key Player battles to watch out for in IND vs ZIM 1st T20


3 Key Battles to Watch Out for in IND vs ZIM 1st T20

IND vs ZIM: The young Team India are ready to face the challenge on their first tour. Shubman Gill will be captaining the team for the first time in his career, which will face Zimbabwe in the five-match T20 series. The first game of the series will start on Saturday at Harare Sports Club. There are a number of young faces in the Indian side.

That is why this series will be very important for India going forward. Zimbabwe have some big names on their side, which will pose a challenge to the Indian team. Overall, everyone is expecting a tight battle between two teams. In this article, we will talk about three key player battles during the first IND vs ZIM T20 match.

3 Key Battles to Watch Out for in IND vs ZIM 1st T20

1. Shubman Gill vs Blessing Muzarabani

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All eyes will be on Shubman Gill, who will be making his captaincy debut. He is a free-flowing batsman who likes to take on the bowlers from the start. Gill has been among the runs, irrespective of the format and level he is playing at. So India’s chances will depend a lot on him and how he goes about the business.

That’s why it will be important to dismiss him early. That’s where Blessing Muzarabani will be a challenge. Zimbabwe’s pacer has been in tremendous form. He swings the ball and generates an extra bounce that can cause problems for Gill. So this battle in the IND vs ZIM first match will decide many things.

2. Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Richard Ngarava

Ruturaj Gaikwad is another Indian batter who has been in good form and is one of the few players to have played a handful of T20Is. He had an excellent IPL 2024 with the bat and finished the tournament as the second-highest run scorer. Gaikwad was the top scorer in the last T20I series he played for India.

But he will be up against Richard Ngarava. The left-arm pacer brings the ball in to right-handers. His record against right-handed batters is pretty impressive, and he will be a hurdle to cross in the IND vs ZIM first game.

3. Sikandar Raza vs Ravi Bishnoi

Sikandar Raza is the most experienced batter on either side. He is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s batting unit, and his form will determine a lot whether Zimbabwe can compete in this series or not. If he gets out, there will be a lot of pressure on the other batters.

That’s where India need to find someone, who can trouble him. Ravi Bishnoi can be that guy. He is a wicket-taker in the middle and will be India’s biggest weapon. It won’t be easy to pick him, and he can be a good bowler.

Also Read: IND vs ZIM: India Playing 11 For The 1st T20I Against Zimbabwe Prediction

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