The seventh ICC- T20 World Cup 2021 is set to unfold from the 17th of October, and the Final will be played on the 14th of November.
The tournament, which was to be held in India, had to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and OMAN due to the pandemic.
Kohli’s side, which starts as one of the favorites to lift the trophy, will open their campaign in a mother of all encounters against Pakistan in Dubai on the 24th of October.
With MS Dhoni as its mentor, the Indian side is one of the complete sides with a strong batting line-up spearheaded by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul at the top, followed by Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya forming a solid middle order. The presence of Ravinder Jadeja adds depth and balance to the side. Besides him, we have two more spinners to choose from a pool of R Ashwin, Varun Chakraborty, R Chahar, and Axar Patel. In Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India has two of the best T20 fast Bowlers with Shami as the third seamer.
On the other hand, the Afghanistan team starts its campaign on the 25th of October at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where it will play with the qualifier of the B1 group. They have made it to this marquee tournament through a direct qualification. They are placed in Group 2 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, alongside India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and two other qualifiers from group B1.
From Afghanistan’s perspective, the spotlight will be on their big names like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi, who have been their prolific performers over the years. Batting remains a cause of concern for the Afghans. The batting comprises Hazaratulla Zazai, Rahamnullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Nazeebullah, and Ahmad Shehzad. The fast bowling lies in the hands of Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan.
Ideally, the India Afghanistan clash should be a one-sided affair favoring India. Afghanistan’s best chance would be to bat first and somehow score around 140-150, and then bowl India out on a tricky and spin-friendly Abu Dhabi Pitch. But, remember that cricket is a game full of uncertainties and surprises.