The fate of India's T20 World Cup campaign more or less rests on the match between New Zealand and Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. While a New Zealand win will end the curtains for both Afghanistan and India, an Afghanistan win will keep all the three teams alive but India would suddenly become the favourites with a match over Namibia remaining where they still start as the overwhelming favourites.
While the chances of New Zealand's win seem more based on their recent performances and form, legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has reminded the Indian fans of the team's achievement in the tournament so far, irrespective of whether they progress further or not.
Big B, who follows the Indian team matches regularly, highlighted that the Men in Blue have posted the highest total of the tournament so far, KL Rahul has scored the fastest fifty in the competition as yet and the team also registered a record win over Scotland in just 6.3 overs, in an attempt to redeem themselves after a couple of losses derailed their campaign in the ongoing tournament.
"T 4088 - Irrespective of what the results of tomorrow's NZ v AFG game are in the T20 ICC World Cup ..
remember this .. we have scored the highest total , till date , in the tournament ; KL Rahul made the fastest 50 ; and we defeated the opposing team, in a record 6+ overs," he tweeted.
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Meanwhile, England and Australia have made it to the semifinals from Group 1, Pakistan have also booked themselves a berth in the final four on Group 2. The only remaining spot in Group 2 will be finalised either today (if New Zealand win) or tomorrow (if Afghanistan win).
India's next assignment after the World Cup is the home series against New Zealand. They will host the Kiwis for three T20Is and two Test matches. However, a number of senior cricketers are expected to be rested for the limited-overs fixtures after a long spell away from home and in the bio-bubble. The team also has to travel to South Africa later this year where they are yet to win a Test series.