"India will certainly be.."- Jos Buttler worried about the potential Indian threats in the semi-finals
India is all set to face England in the semi-final on Thursday, November 10 at the Adelaid Oval. Both teams have already reached Adelaide and began their practice sessions on Tuesday. The much-anticipated Mega Clash will be a day-night clash and will be played on a used surface.
Thus, the preparation of both teams will be done accordingly. However, ahead of the match, England captain Jos Buttler addressed the media and discussed their preparations for the game against India. He also spoke about the threats and the key players that England will be targeting.
Notably, India hasn't won an ICC tournament since 2013. The last time they won was the 2013 Champions Trophy under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Since then, Team India has been without a trophy, which may be on the minds of the players.
However, Buttler feels that this might not be the case, and India will come out hard against them. He also said that India has some good match-winners in their lineup that can single-handedly win the game for them. Notably, a couple of months ago, India defeated England in both the ODI and T20I series in England.
Buttler also spoke about the same and said that he knew that if there would be a swing early on, then the Indian bowlers would be very tough to face. He also said that England will also try to get early wickets to put pressure on India.
Speaking about any particular player from India, Buttler named Suryakumar Yadav as a potential threat to England. The English skipper also spoke of the possibility of working out with the star Indian batter.
He said, "Look, he's been great to watch, hasn't he. I think he's someone who has probably been the batter of the tournament so far in terms of the way you want to watch someone go about it. But as with any batsman in the world, it takes one chance to create a wicket."
Before the IND-ENG clash, New Zealand and Pakistan will lock horns in the first semi-final on Wednesday, November 9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The final game of the tournament will take place on Sunday, November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.