The cricketing world eagerly anticipates the clash between India and Zimbabwe in the first T20I on July 6, 2024, at the Harare Sports Club. This match marks the beginning of a five-match T20I series, offering a platform for emerging talents to show their skills. Both teams come into the series with distinct objectives: India looks to continue their dominance with a young squad, while Zimbabwe aims to capitalize on home advantage and create upsets. Incidentally, the two teams will play the second match of the series the very next day and at the same venue.

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India’s squad is led by the dynamic Shubman Gill. With senior players rested after the T20 World Cup, the selectors have opted to provide opportunities to IPL stars and upcoming talents. On the other hand, Zimbabwe will rely on their seasoned players and some promising young cricketers to challenge the visitors.

India’s recent T20 World Cup campaign ended on a high as they lifted the trophy, and they aim to carry forward the momentum. The Zimbabwe series is crucial for testing the bench strength and grooming future stars. Playing at home, Zimbabwe will exploit familiar conditions and leverage local support to challenge the formidable Indian side.

Probable Playing XI


  1. Shubman Gill (Captain)
  2. Abhishek Sharma
  3. Ruturaj Gaikwad
  4. Riyan Parag
  5. Dhruv Jurel (WK)
  6. Rinku Singh
  7. Washington SundarĀ 
  8. Harshit Rana
  9. Ravi Bishnoi
  10. Avesh Khan
  11. Khaleel Ahmed


  1. Wesley Madhevere
  2. Regis Chakabva (WK)
  3. Craig Ervine (Captain)
  4. Sikandar Raza
  5. Sean Williams
  6. Ryan Burl
  7. Luke Jongwe
  8. Richard Ngarava
  9. Tendai Chatara
  10. Blessing Muzarabani
  11. Wellington Masakadza

Key Players


Shubman Gill: Gill’s role as captain is crucial for him as a leader and a top-order batsman. His form and decision-making will significantly influence India’s performance. Although relatively young, he is already a mainstay in India’s squads for all formats and is considered the future leader.

Riyan Parag: The youngster enjoyed a stellar season with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, finishing as their highest run-scorer and the third-highest overall in the league. He will be looking to carry his form forward into this series now.

Harshit Rana: The young pacer was one of the standout bowlers in IPL 2024, and his bowling exploits also helped KKR win the tournament. Rana can bowl both with the new ball and at the death, which makes him a player to watch out for.


Sikandar Raza: A versatile all-rounder, Raza’s experience and form with both bat and ball make him Zimbabwe’s trump card. He is one of the best all-rounders in T20I cricket and will be eager to prove his mettle again.

Sean Williams: The seasoned campaigner’s left-arm spin will be pivotal in stabilizing the middle order and providing breakthroughs.

Blessing Muzarabani: His height and pace will be crucial in exploiting the home conditions to trouble the Indian batsmen. Muzarabani is particularly lethal with the new ball and is very economical at death.

Match Prediction

Considering both teams’ recent form and composition, India has an edge over Zimbabwe in both matches. The young Indian squad, filled with IPL performers and eager to make a mark, is likely to be highly competitive. However, Zimbabwe’s familiarity with the home conditions and the presence of experienced players like Raza and Williams can make the contest intriguing.

India’s comprehensive approach in all departments of the game makes them the favourites to win the first T20I. Nevertheless, if Zimbabwe can leverage their strengths and execute their plans effectively, they could pose a significant challenge and potentially spring a surprise.

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