New Zealand’s win against Afghanistan resulted in two birds with one stone. Along with the Afghans, India also got a ticket to leave the World Cup. And after the victory against the Afghans, Kiwi captain Ken Williamson told the media that he had met his goal.
India have been knocked out of two different World Cups in the last two years because of New Zealand. In 2019, India faced Kiwis in the semi-finals of the 50-over World Cup. After the service, New Zealand knocked India out of the T20 World Cup again. India’s last hope of survival was dashed when they lost to Afghanistan on Sunday (November 8th) after losing a one-on-one match.
The Kiwi captain won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 40 off 42 balls. However, after the match, Kiwi captain Ken Williamson did not say anything about India.
“We came on the field thinking that Afghanistan would be a very tough team,” Williamson said. It felt a little better to be able to start well with the ball. I took their wickets quickly and stopped them less than the average run. In my opinion, this wicket would have scored 150-155. We had to adapt quickly with three wickets. ‘
The Kiwi captain thinks they may advance to the next round from second place in the group. That’s how England are supposed to face them. “We have another tough challenge ahead of us,” Williamson said of the potential opponents. We have to move fast with the lessons learned from the previous matches. England is a very strong team. ‘
New Zealand won four matches in a row after losing to Pakistan in the first match of the Super Twelve in this year’s World Cup. England have been ruled out of the semi-finals with injuries, but New Zealand have no injuries.
With the departure from Super Twelve, India has had the worst performance in this year’s T20 World Cup. Team India has never been so embarrassed on the world stage of cricket in the short format. Due to this, the Indian team has canceled the practice in Dubai.
The picture became clear after New Zealand’s win against Afghanistan. Virat Kohli’s team left before reaching the semi-finals of this year’s T20 World Cup. And after that it was heard that they have canceled the practice before the match against Namibia in Dubai.
Kohli was watching the New Zealand-Afghanistan match on Sunday (November 8). India would have hoped to advance to the last four only if Afghanistan won. But it did not happen. India had a practice at the ICC Academy in Dubai. However, Kohli said that no one will join the exercise. In other words, India will play against Namibia on Monday (November 8) without practicing the previous day.
However, the Indian camp was frustrated as they did not have a chance to reach the semi-finals. So they did not practice. Neither the ICC nor the Indian camp has yet commented on the matter.
India was the hot favorite in this World Cup. However, in the first two matches of the group stage of the World Cup, Kohli lost to Pakistan and New Zealand. Despite losing to Afghanistan and Scotland by a wide margin in the next two matches, Kohli’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals in terms of points have been dashed.
The reason for India’s misery is that many say the players lack rest. They have been playing cricket outside the country for six consecutive months. As a result, they are under a lot of stress physically and mentally. The result is the worst performance in the T20 World Cup.