The word abysmal would best describe India’s T20 World Cup campaign so far. Defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand mean they not only no longer are the masters of their destiny, but they are also actually on the verge of being knocked out.
But by this point, things should have been easier for them, and the Men in Blue should have been expecting a juicy half volley of an opponent but unfortunately, they won’t be getting them.
Afghanistan are tricky opponents against whom Team India cannot let their guard down and assume the victory is theirs – just ask Pakistan, who needed an Asif Ali bailout package in the last game.
What Kohli and Co need to do is to go back to the basics and rediscover whatever it was that had made them tournament favourites.
In theory, if Afghanistan can trouble Pakistan, they can cause problems to India as well.
Mohammad Nabi’s men are still raw in some areas of their game but no one can doubt their talent, especially their world-class spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
That said, Mujeeb was missing in their last game, with the simple reason provided by the management that he was “unfit”. Will he be back for this crucial game remains to be seen.
His absence against Namibia, however, did not matter as the rest of the Afghans proved too powerful and overpowered them by 62 runs.