Indian-origin players in USA team share sentiments on facing India in T20 World Cup 2024

Indian-origin players in USA team share sentiments on facing India in T20 World Cup 2024

India will aim to secure a place in the Super Eight stage by facing co-hosts United States of America (USA) in a crucial T20 World Cup 2024 Group A match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.

India’s quest for Super eight spot

With two consecutive wins in their initial matches, India need just one victory from their remaining two games to advance to the Super Eight. Despite this, the team led by Rohit Sharma will look to remain determined to uphold their winning streak and conclude their campaign in New York on a high note.

The upcoming match against the USA will mark India’s final appearance at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, with their last group fixture scheduled to take place in Canada in Florida. Furthermore, all T20 World Cup matches from the Super Eight stage onwards will be held in the West Indies.

USA’s strong momentum and special connection

The USA team also boasts an impressive winning streak, having secured victories in both of their initial matches. Requiring just one more win to qualify for the second round, they will also look to continue their winning momentum. Even if they lose the game, they will still have a game against Ireland.

Notably, several players in the USA T20 World Cup squad have Indian origins or have grown up in India, including individuals who have represented India at the U19 World Cup or have extensive experience in domestic cricket. These players have played a pivotal role in elevating the USA team’s performance, as evidenced by their notable victories against Canada and Pakistan in the ongoing global showpiece event.

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USA’s Indian-origin players reflects on playing against India

As the USA gear up to face India, several Indian-origin players in the USA squad, speaking to Star Sports, have shared their unique perspectives on playing against a team they once dreamed of representing.

Saurabh Netravalkar, the former India U19 cricketer, reflected on the surreal experience of competing against top Indian cricketers. “Team India, welcome to the United States of America. If we play our best game, we can sort of compete against top cricketers. So we’ll try to take one game at a time and not get overwhelmed by the star-studded team players and try to bowl to a batsman or bat against a bowler. We’ll try to keep it simple,” he said.

Monank Patel, USA’s Gujarat-born captain, emphasized the high-pressure nature of the match and the excitement of facing Indian cricket legends. “You dream about this kind of thing and suddenly you see yourself with Rohit Sharma at the toss. It’s unreal. It’ll be a high-pressure game. Honestly, we don’t want to focus too much right now. We want to play the brand of cricket we want to play against all the teams,” he remarked.

Harmeet Singh, who has played alongside several Indian players at the U19 level, expressed his anticipation of reuniting with former teammates on the field. “Growing up, I used to look up to Rohit Sharma. Rohit comes from my school. I’ll take things as they come. Sanju Samson and Kuldeep Yadav, I have played U19 with them in India. Axar Patel, I’ve played with him as well. So, it’ll be fun catching up and playing against them as well,” he shared.

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