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Can USA pull off another upset against India? Three US players India must watch out for ahead of 2024 T20 World Cup clash | Sporting News India

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The T20 World Cup 2024 tournament co-hosted by the United States of America (USA) and West Indies (Caribbean) has witnessed some major upsets and several low-scoring thrillers.

One of the most talked about teams following their stunning win in the Super Over against Pakistan has been the USA team led by Monank Patel. They are one of the few countries who are unbeaten in the tournament, after their back-to-back wins against Canada and Pakistan.

However, they will face a major challenge in their upcoming match against cricketing powerhouse, Team India, who currently top the Group A standings.

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In this article, we look at three key players from USA who can cause an upset against India during the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 clash between the two teams.

Who are the three USA players that India should watch out for?

1. Saurabh Netravalkar 

The Indian origin left-arm pacer was the star bowler who successfully defended the score for USA in the Super Over against Pakistan, which led to a memorable win for the ages at the T20 World Cup.

He returned figures of 2/18 in his 4 overs during the regulation 20 overs, bowling both in the powerplay and at the death overs.

The 32-year old cricketer is the leading wicket taker for USA in T20Is and his experience along with the left-arm angle will be key against an Indian team that have had its own troubles against this bowling type.

In addition, the conditions at New York will aid pacers, which is something that he will look to take advantage of when he marks his run-up against India’s top order batters like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

2. Aaron Jones

The right-handed batter from New York has been the player who has been instrumental player for USA in both the wins at the ongoing Cricket World Cup. 

He was on the field batting during both of the chases which USA ended up winning. In the opening match against Canada, he was adjudged Player of the Match for his unbeaten 94*(40), as he won the match for his team with a six.

He scored an unbeaten 36*(26) versus Pakistan which included a six in the 20th over against Haris Rauf, which brought his team right back in the game.

Not only will he be playing at his home in New York, but he will also be a key player in the middle order, who will be tasked with stabilizing the innings in the case of a top-order collapse when the face world-class quicks like Jasprit Bumrah.

3. Corey Anderson

The third USA player could have also been left-arm spinner, Nosthush Kenjige, after his 3-wicket haul against Pakistan. However, we think the experience of former New Zealand allrounder will play a huge part when the relatively inexperienced USA team take on a well-drilled giant like India.

While the former Kiwi allrounder did not have a huge role to play in the opening two matches, we expect his responsibilities to increase in this match with both his left-arm pace and explosive batting in the middle order.

He scored 190 runs at an average of 47.5 with a strike rate of 145, in his 5 innings during last year’s Major League Cricket competition, which featured several world-class international cricketers.

When is the match between India and USA in the T20 World Cup 2024?

USA will take on India in the Group A clash at the T20 World Cup 2024 in Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York, on Wednesday, June 12.

The match is scheduled to start at 8 PM IST, with the toss set to take place at 7:30 PM IST.

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