Afghanistan has qualified for the ICC T20 World cup 2021 despite not playing in the qualification stages, which is already a huge feat. They are now ranked seventh in the ICC T20 Rankings, ahead of two of the top global teams, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.
Afghanistan will face India, Pakistan, and New Zealand in the group stages and the two qualifying teams from the first round. In the T20 World cup 2021, Afghanistan will undoubtedly be one of the teams to watch, and here are three reasons they may overcome India in the group stages.
With Rashid Khan at the helm, Afghanistan has benefited from one of the finest spin assaults in the world. They also have Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s services, which may be highly cost-effective due to its many variants. Mohammad Nabi has extensive experience playing for various T20 teams across the world. These three spinners are top-notch, and skipper Rashid Khan has put up some impressive figures in the format.
Afghanistan will build their recent success in the T20 World cup by beating strong teams like India in the group stages. After the 2019 World Cup, Afghanistan competed in a tri-nation T20 competition alongside Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, reaching the finals easily. Rain, however, conspired against them, and they were forced to split the prize with Bangladesh.
Afghanistan is one of the most underappreciated teams globally, having several match-winners in their batting linkup. Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, and Rashid Khan constitute a formidable middle order, and their vast experience allows them to be highly efficient in T20 forms. Asghar Afghan and Hasmatullah Shahidi are two players that can bat in the middle order while still being aggressive.
India must be aware that these players have the potential to win games on their own.