Afghanistan is placed in the group 2 to for the World T20, 2021. The group 2 of the super 12 stage includes India New Zealand and Pakistan along with Afghanistan. The group 1 includes West Indies, England, Australia and South Africa.
T20 format is a favorite format for the Afghanistan team. They can be regarded as a Dark Horse for the World T20 2021. Expecting them to win the title or make it to the finals will not be wrong. Afghanistan team has made to the super 12 stage ahead of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be playing the qualifiers before the World T20 2021.
Why Afghanistan Cricket Team is a team to beat in the upcoming T20 World Cup?
Afghanistan team played exceptionally well in 2019 World Cup. Afghanistan team came close in the games against India and Pakistan but cannot eat their nerves in the final over. In the 2016 World T20, the Afghanistan defeated the defending Champions West Indies in the group stages.
Afghanistan team has not lost a single T20 game since 2017. Afghanistan team is high on confidence before heading into the world cup later this year. The Afghanistan has loss just the one series out of their last 12 T20 Series.
The Afghanistan cricket board has appointed Rashid Khan as the new T20 captain. Rashid Khan has proved himself all over the world in domestic leagues. He is a match winner for Afghanistan and he loves to play the T20 format. In last 3 T20 games, Rashid Khan has picked up 6 wickets with an economy of 7. In the recently concluded Pakistan super league he picked up 11 wickets in 8 games at an very good average of 5.4. His quota of 4 overs is a bank for the Afghanistan team. The batmen finds it difficult to read his variations. He is their cricket world ambassador and can create huge impact in the World T20 2021.
The Afghanistan team has Gurbaz and Kareem Janat at the top. They are very exclusive at the top of the order. Their middle order contains some very explosive batsman like Najibullah Zadran ,Mohammad Nabi ,Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan can too bat. Spin bowling has been the strength for Afghanistan. Afghanistan team has three quality spinners in the likes of Rashid Khan ,Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Afghanistan team will be happy about the fact that the the World T20 2021 will be played in in Asian conditions. The players of the Afghanistan team have plenty of experience of playing in the UAE conditions. The condition and the pitches in UAE will favour the Afghanistan spin bowling attack. The three quality spinners of Afghanistan team can bowl both in powerplays and death overs.
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Challenges for Afghanistan Cricket Team
The real concern for Afghanistan Cricket is only their batting, if the likes of Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ashgar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan play with their full potential. Rashid Khan should look to promote himself in the batting order if Afghanistan need some good runs in the middle overs.
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