India have had a tournament to forget to far. The chances to see India qualify look really bleak. Their first game turned out to be an absolute mess for them as they ended up losing to their arch-rivals Pakistan. In a rather one-sided affaid, Pakistan beat the men in blue with 10 wickets and instantly dented the chances to see India qualify.
Post this, India had a week off before their next game against New Zealand. However, the break didn’t help as the chances to see India qualify became even more difficult as they ended up to New Zealand as well. The Kiwis beat them by 8 wickets. “When you cope together as a team you overcome it and we haven’t done it these two games. Just because you’re the Indian team and there are expectations doesn’t mean you start playing differently.
I think we’re fine, there’s a lot of cricket left to play.” Is what the Indian captain Virat Kohli had to say after their game with New Zealand. So can India qualify for the semis? Is there any chances to see India qualify to the knockout stages?
Today we shall be taking a look at how can India qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021
First things first, India need to win their remaining three games. Their upcoming games are against Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland. Once they do this, they will still be in the hunt for a spot in the semis. However, that isn’t just it. That alone doesn’t help India qualify.
India now also need to depend on other results as well. The men in blue now need to hope and pray that Afghanistan, New Zealand, or any other team from the group doesn’t reach three wins. Even if New Zealand or Afghanistan do get to three wins, India can bring their Net Run Rate into the picture. This is only possible by them winning their remaining fixtures though. However, India’s NRR currently stands at -1.609. Thus, India will now need to register big wins in the next three matches to improve on that front.
Another important point to be noted is that they two of their next three games are against Scotland and Namibia who are associate nations, thus, there is a good chance to see India beating them with a relatively big margin.
Another important thing which needs to go their way in order to see India qualify is the game between New Zealand and Afghanistan. That game holds a lot of relevance with respect to the standings of the second group. New Zealand need to beat Afghanistan but not by a big margin. If that doesn’t happen then the only other way is to hope in the unlikeliest of scenarios that either one of Namibia or Scotland pull off a major upset against the Kiwis.
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Even if all these results go India’s way, then the BlackCaps and the Men in Blue will finish with six points each. Another way is if Afghanistan beat NZ by a margin of lesser than 45 runs.
Nevertheless the next fixtures of the Indian team are as follows
India vs Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi – 3 November
India vs Scotland, Dubai – 5 November
India vs Namibia, Dubai – 8 November
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Edited By : Devansh Awasthi