Team India once more disappointed the fans with its performance against New Zealand on 31st October 2021 in Dubai. Earlier, Pakistan defeated the team by a huge margin of 10 wickets and yet again yesterday team India lost the match. India ranks lowest on the points table. Virat Kohli and his team’s destiny is no more aligned to its performance but also how the other teams play in upcoming group stage matches. This is probably the hardest time Virat Kohli is having in his captaincy career.
In what scenario will India qualify to the finals?
The team has to beat Afghanistan which ranks second on the points table with a net run rate (NRR) of +3.097, Scotland and Namibia. Still, there won’t be a guaranteed place for the team. If New Zealand loses to Afghanistan, the team has a chance to attain better NRR than others.
Why the net run rate plays a major role in deciding the team’s position?
Team India’s net run rate is -1.609 which means India has to win major victories against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in the remaining matches. If Afghanistan defeats New Zealand (which has a low probability), then India can still compete in the semifinals. In a very unexpected scenario, if Namibia and Scotland don’t play against New Zealand, it will benefit the Indian team a lot. India has to give its best shot in the remaining matches and also hope that lady luck stays by their side.
The remaining group stage matches of India
- India v Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on 3rd November (Wednesday)
- India v Scotland in Dubai on 5th November (Friday)
- India v Namibia in Dubai on 8th November (Monday)
Team India’s poor performance in ICC Tournaments
The Men in Blue could not perform up to the mark in the recent ICC tournaments which have been an area of concern to the Indian cricketing fraternity for a couple of years. Kohli’s captaincy has raised eyebrows since there have been no beneficial results. He will be stepping down as a skipper and the coaching staff is also to be changed. Hopefully, the team will perform better in the next tournament.