Why match against Afghanistan is a lesson to learn for Indian team


Indian middle order got exposed against the quality spinners

Indian team won their fifth World Cup game by just a whisker against Afghanistan. Some brilliance from strike bowlers saved the match for World Cup favorite’s team against a team which is on bottom of the points table. This is a timely wakeup call for India to cover all their bases before they gear up for the big games.

Indian batting got exposed against the quality spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav were the only two who showed some resistant and took India to a respectable total. Indian bowlers were right on the money and showed the world why they are a threatening team. They restricted Afghans 213 and won India a thriller game by 10 runs.

None of the teams can be taken for granted

It hasn’t been many days since Sri Lanka did the unthinkable and defeated England. Afghanistan gave India a tough time on the pitch so it is very clear none of the team can be taken for granted.

The World Cup was going so one-sided that four of the team were almost recognized who could have made it to final four. But some good performances by West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan have opened the tournament and brought some thrill in the biggest event of Cricket.

Indian team will look to work on their batting a little bit

India will need to work on their batting a bit more. Their top order failed which exposed the middle order. India struggled to score runs and rotate strike in the middle overs which is a big concern before they go in the second round.

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Virat Kohli’s team still has four games to go in the World Cup which will give them enough time to understand the drawbacks from this match. One thing which India did well was India went with their best playing eleven and didn’t experiment. India’s next matches are against England, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.  Once Men in Blue make into Semi-finals they will have chances to experiment with Risabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.

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