New Zealand’s win over Afghanistan yesterday means that India are out of the World Cup, which renders this match a mere dead rubber.
Win or lose, India cannot progress as the semi-finals line-up has already been decided. Thus, this match will be an opportunity for Virat Kohli to give a chance to names such as Shardul Thakur and Rahul Chahar who have not received as much game time of late.
This will also be the final match of the Kohli-Shastri era so even if the results don’t count, the scenes at the end would.
For a country that does not even have a full pool of national players, Namibia did incredibly well to make it this far, even managing a win in the main round.
What’s even better is that their showing here has booked for them a place in next year’s World Cup as well.
But while they will be seen in action next year, tonight’s showing will be their last in front of mainstream audience for a while.
Imagining that they’d beat India is fantasy talk but if that is to happen, their main man David Wiese will have to deliver something special.