India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton. But their preparation for the quadrennial tournament did not get off to an ideal start as they lost their first warm-up match to New Zealand in an embarrassing manner. Team India were bowled out for just 179 runs as their top-order crumbled under pressure. Kiwi pacer Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers for his side as he scalped a four-wicket haul.
Seeing the conditions in England, it is thought that fast bowlers will play a big role for India at the World Cup. Currently, Team India comprises of 3 pacers (Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami) and one fast-bowling allrounder (Hardik Pandya). It is one of many reasons why India has done well in overseas conditions in the past 2 years.