Abu Dhabi. The 33rd match of the T20 World Cup (T20 World Cup 2021) will be played between India and Afghanistan on Wednesday. The Indian team has lost both its initials. In such a situation, all other matches will be like do or die for him. Team India under the leadership of Virat Kohli is currently struggling with poor form. In such a situation, when she comes on the field against Afghanistan, then everyone’s eyes will be on the team combination. Also, it will be interesting to see whether senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin gets a chance out of the playing XI.
India lost the first match by 10 wickets at the hands of Pakistan and by 8 wickets at the hands of New Zealand, making their semi-final defeat difficult. On the other hand, Afghanistan had taken Pakistan to the brink of defeat in addition to defeating Scotland and Namibia, but Asif Ali snatched the victory from them by hitting 4 sixes in an over.
In such a situation, the eyes of Mohammad Nabi’s team will be on strengthening their claim.
Questions are being raised on team selection
After the defeat in the last two matches, questions are being raised on the selection of the Indian team. It is hardly heard that one of the most successful players of the current generation is not being given a chance to take the field despite being included in the team for 6 months. Kohli is also being criticized for not including Ashwin in the playing XI. If India wants to avoid being out of this World Cup, then it needs experience against Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s openers Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad may not be able to face his balls.
Rohit and Rahul expected to return
For Afghanistan, the challenge of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will be tough. After 2 bad matches, Rohit and Rahul will be trying to come back. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav can get a chance if he is fit and Ishan Kishan can also be fielded in place of Hardik Pandya. Pandya could only score 31 runs in 35 balls in two matches. The biggest challenge for India will be Rashid Khan and Gulbadin Naib. The overs between them will be crucial, which the Indian batsmen will have to play carefully.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Varun Chakraborty, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Chahar
Afghanistan: Rashid Khan, Rehmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Usman Ghani, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Mohammad Shahzad, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Naveen-ul-Haq Ahmed.