Is it possible for India to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 world cup in 2021

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Is India out of the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final race? Not completely! The Men in Blue will now rely on hopes and calculations. Kohli’s men have suffered humiliating defeats in their first two contests and are now facing criticism from various quarters. Although their batters have been unable to deal with the challenging UAE pitches, their bowlers have been unable to take wickets.

After such a disappointing performance, many think India does not deserve to qualify for the next stage. Interestingly, the inaugural-season champions looked pretty good in warm-up matches, defeating both big teams Australia and England with ease. The cricket fraternity even backed them to win this year. Yet, things took an unexpected turn during the Super 12 stage.

India lost to Pakistan by ten wickets in their first match. It was also India’s first defeat in World Cup matches against the Men in Green. In their second outing against the Kiwis, Virat Kohli’s side disappointed once again by losing by eight wickets.

Let’s look at how India can still qualify for the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final:

Scenario: After losing their first two games, India was officially eliminated if they suffered another defeat. They should therefore aim to win all three games and take their total to six points. In addition, India’s net run rate is only -1.609, better than the last-placed team Scotland (-3.562). Therefore, the inaugural edition champions must win by massive margins in order to qualify for the next round. While the Men in Blue are likely to beat Scotland and Namibia without much difficulty, they could face a formidable challenge against Afghanistan.

Scenario: In other words, India no longer has control over the situation. Besides winning the three games handsomely, they also have to pray for other results to go their way. Considering Pakistan’s position in the next stage is pretty certain, New Zealand and Afghanistan pose the biggest threat to India. In order to defeat Afghanistan, India will have to restrict the Mohmmad Nabi-led side to a maximum of six points. New Zealand must also lose one of their remaining three games for the Men in Blue to win. Namibia, Scotland, and Afghanistan await the Kiwis. Afghanistan seems to be the only team that can dent New Zealand’s campaign due to Namibia and Scotland being associate teams. New Zealand and Afghanistan will face off on November 7. In the event that Afghanistan defeats Kane Williamson’s side, India, Afghanistan, and New Zealand will all have six points each.

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