'Giant Killers' USA: Who can put Rohit Sharma's men on the mat in T20 World Cup | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The 2024 T20 World Cup was brought to the United States of America with the aim of promoting cricket, and co-hosts USA, in their first appearance at the flagship event, showed the world what they were made of.
USA's fairytale run in the tournament began with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Canada, demonstrating their strong start. But what followed left an indelible mark on their nascent journey in the game of cricket.
They caused a major shock in world cricket by inflicting a humiliating Super Over defeat on Pakistan on Thursday.This victory is hailed as one of the greatest upsets in cricket history.
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After winning both of their Group A matches, the United States will have their work cut out for them as they take on inaugural T20 World Cup champions India on Wednesday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. This will be the first cricket match between India and the United States in any format.
India, who have also remained undefeated so far in the tournament, will have to be wary of the threat that the United States may pose against them and avoid complacency to maintain their winning streak in the tournament.
Here's a look at the top 5 American players to watch to see who can get Rohit SharmaThe men on the carpet:
Aaron Jones
American slugger Aaron Jones has been in scintillating form at the T20 World Cup, displaying his batting prowess against Canada and Pakistan. In the match against Canada, Jones made an unbeaten 94 runs off just 40 balls, including 10 sixes and 4 boundaries, with an impressive strike rate of 235. His innings was instrumental in helping the United States reach a formidable goal of 195 points. .
He continued his sublime form in the next match against Pakistan, where he once again played a crucial role in his team's success. He scored an unbeaten 36 runs off 26 balls, smashing two sixes and as many fours to help the United States level the match and force it into a Super Over. In the Super Over, Jones continued his heroics, scoring 11 runs and leading his team to a thrilling victory. With his outstanding performance, Jones not only recorded the highest individual score in the ongoing T20 World Cup but also became a key player for the USA team.
Saurabh Netrawalkar
Saurabh Netravalkar, the Super Over hero for USA, made a significant impact in their historic victory against Pakistan. Despite a modest performance in his first match against Canada, where he conceded 16 runs in two overs without taking a wicket. The 32-year-old software engineer at Oracle demonstrated his skills during this crucial meeting. Netravalkar proved to be the most economical bowler for the United States, giving away just 18 runs in his four-over spell and taking two wickets.
In the high-pressure Super Over against Pakistan, Netravalkar was given the responsibility of defending 19 runs. He rose to the occasion, conceding just nine runs and dismissing Iftikhar Ahmed. Given his experience and recent performances, Netravalkar should be the go-to bowler for the United States against India.
Andries Gous
Andries Gous has been instrumental in his team's success in their first two matches of the T20 World Cup 2024. In the opening match against Canada, batting at number 3, Gous contributed a crucial 65 runs on 46 deliveries, smashing three sixes and seven boundaries.
In the second match against Pakistan, he continued his form, scoring 35 runs with an impressive strike rate of over 134. After accumulating 100 runs in the first two matches, Gous is expected to play a key role in the next encounter United States against India.
Corey Anderson
Former New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has become the fifth cricketer to represent two nations at the T20 World Cup. Currently playing for the United States, Anderson brings a wealth of international experience to the team as they prepare to take on India.
Although his contributions in the first two games were limited, Anderson is expected to take on greater responsibilities in the next game. His left-arm pace bowling and explosive middle-order batting skills are expected to play a crucial role against the Indian team.
Monk Patel
USA captain Monank Patel had a modest performance in the first match against Canada, contributing 16 runs at a strike rate of 100, including two boundaries. Despite his limited impact in the opening match, Patel demonstrated his batting prowess in the next encounter against Pakistan.
Chasing an ambitious target of 160 runs, USA's opener rose to the occasion and scored a crucial half-century against Pakistan's formidable bowling attack. His valuable contribution played an important role in his team's pursuit of the goal.
As Team USA prepares to face India in their next match, they will rely heavily on Patel to provide a strong foundation at the top of the order. His ability to navigate through the initial overs and set the tone for the innings will be crucial to the team's success against a strong Indian side.

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