IND vs AFG: India or Afghanistan… who will win the Super 8?

Orhan Wadia
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IND vs AFG: India or Afghanistan… who will win the Super 8?


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Indian team has an upper hand against Afghanistan Team India has won 7 T20 matches against Afghanistan Team India expects a 'Virat' innings from Kohli

New Delhi. The Indian cricket team led by Rohit Sharma will take on Afghanistan on Thursday. Team India will not make the mistake of taking Afghanistan lightly in the Super 8 of T20 World Cup 2024. The Rashid Khan-led team has already defeated New Zealand. In this match to be played in Bridgetown, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli, who has not been able to reach double figures in this World Cup. Caribbean pitches are favorable for spinners. In such a situation, it remains to be seen whether wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav gets a chance in this match or not. Kuldeep did not get a chance to play in any match in the group stage.

There is a lot of discussion about the combination of the Indian team (IND vs AFG). India will not make any changes to the group stage team and will not include their best spinner in the team in place of a specialist fast bowler for more than a year. At the beginning of the tournament, captain Rohit Sharma insisted on having 4 all-rounders (Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dubey, Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja) in the final XI.

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Rohit Sharma would not like to tamper with this combination
This strategy proved to be effective for India on the bowler-friendly pitch in New York. This gives depth to the batting till number eight and the captain would not want to tamper with this combination. To bring Kuldeep into the team, Mohammad Siraj or Arshdeep Singh will have to be left out. If this happens, Siraj may have to stay out. If we look at the two practice sessions of the Indian team, Kuldeep's claim is strong because the pitch is helping the spinners. The cold winds around Kensington Oval will provide swing to the fast bowlers in the powerplay.

Virat has not been able to reach double figures
Indian fans will be eyeing Kohli who has not yet reached double figures in this tournament. He was not successful in his usual style in New York but a better performance is expected from him in the West Indies. Dubey, who was included in the team to hit sixes in the middle and death overs, has been seen in his form only once so far. He could not play freely on the pitches of America but now he would like to play big shots. India's star T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav scored runs by playing against his style against America.

Pandya dominates bowling, but he will have to show his strength in batting as well
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya, who is performing brilliantly in bowling, has also not been able to score runs. Arshdeep's performance in bowling has improved match by match and he is giving a good support to Jaspreet Bumrah. Akshar and Jadeja will also prove useful on a pitch that is helpful for spinners. On the other hand, Afghanistan's team has reached here after losing to West Indies in the last match of the group stage. Its bowlers, who proved decisive in the first three matches, were proved to be nineteen by the West Indies batsmen.

We have to be cautious of these bullies of Afghanistan
Captain Rashid Khan's hopes will rest on left-arm fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqui, who has taken the most 12 wickets in the tournament so far. Among the batsmen, in-form Rahmanullah Gurbah and Ibrahim Zadran will be expected to perform well.

tag: ICC T20 World Cup, india vs afghanistan, Virat Kohli

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