India’s Tour of Zimbabwe, Betting Tips and Predictions

India’s Tour of Zimbabwe, Betting Tips and Predictions

Following their exemplary performance in the World Cup, India is making their way to Zimbabwe for a T20 series. While India is in top form, they will not have the same team that played in the World Cup. Some of India’s top players, namely Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Ravindra Jadeja, have retired from the T20 format following their victory. Furthermore, some of the top players have been rested for the upcoming campaign. This makes the team for this series a young team ready to prove their place in the national team. This Indian team will be in the safe hands of Shubhman Gill who has shown his ability to perform well and lead a team in the Indian Premier League.

Zimbabwe has also announced a young and dynamic squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series. The team will be led by veteran all-rounder Sikandar Raza. Notable inclusions in the squad are Belgian-born Antum Naqvi, whose participation is pending citizenship confirmation, and experienced players like Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, and Blessing Muzarabani. The squad blends youth with experience, averaging 27 years in age and comprising a total of 558 T20I appearances. Under the guidance of new head coach Justin Sammons, Zimbabwe aims to rebuild and gain valuable international experience after missing out on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024​.

Let us take a look at what each squad has to offer for the upcoming first game.

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India Squad Preview

India 1India’s squad for the upcoming T20I series against Zimbabwe features a mix of emerging talent and a few experienced players. Shubman Gill has been named captain, marking his first leadership role in T20 internationals. The selection committee has rested senior players who are currently participating in the T20 World Cup, opting instead for a youthful squad. Among the World Cup squad members included are Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, and Rinku Singh. Newcomers like Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, and Tushar Deshpande have been rewarded for their impressive performances in the IPL 2024.

The squad also sees four players receiving their maiden international call-ups: Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Nitish Reddy (who was later replaced by Shivam Dube due to injury), and Tushar Deshpande. Dhruv Jurel, another IPL standout, is set to make his debut in T20 internationals as well. The bowling attack will be spearheaded by Ravi Bishnoi and Washington Sundar in the spin department, while the pace attack includes Avesh Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar, and Tushar Deshpande​. This series provides an excellent opportunity for these young players to showcase their skills on an international platform and for the Indian team management to assess the depth of their talent pool ahead of future major tournaments​​.

Zimbabwe Squad Preview

ZimbabweZimbabwe has announced a youthful squad for their upcoming five-match T20I series against India, led by veteran all-rounder Sikandar Raza. This series and in turn a good first game represents a significant opportunity for the team’s emerging talents. Among the notable inclusions is Belgian-born Antum Naqvi, a 25-year-old batter who has impressed in domestic cricket with a strike rate of 146.80 in T20s. Naqvi’s inclusion, however, is pending the confirmation of his citizenship status​.

Under the guidance of new head coach Justin Sammons, Zimbabwe is in a rebuilding phase after failing to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The squad has an average age of 27 and blends youthful promise with experienced players. Key veterans like pace bowlers Richard Ngarava and Blessing Muzarabani, as well as all-rounder Luke Jongwe, bring valuable experience to the team. The selection also sees the return of players like Tendai Chatara, Wessly Madhevere, and Milton Shumba​​.

Several experienced players, including Craig Ervine and Sean Williams, were not considered for selection, while others like Ryan Burl and Joylord Gumbie did not make the cut. The squad aims to gain valuable international experience and regroup under new leadership, hoping to make a strong impression against the formidable Indian side.

India Vs. Zimbabwe Match 1 Odds

India 1.11 – 6.40 Zimbabwe (PariMatch)

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India and Zimbabwe Head-to-Head Stats

India and Zimbabwe have faced each other in T20 Internationals a total of eight times. Out of these encounters, India has emerged victorious in six matches, while Zimbabwe has won two. All these matches were played in Harare. The highest team total in these matches was scored by India, who put up 178/5 in July 2015, while the lowest was Zimbabwe’s 99/9 in June 2016​.