Not a single individual in the cricketing fratnerity would bet against India making it to the semifinals of the ongoing World Cup. Virat Kohli & Co. have simply looked like the team to beat in the tournament. India are the only unbeaten team in the competition thus far and look primed to progress ahead. India have won five of their opening six games while the one remaining game was washed out.
So far, India have thrashed South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Indies to prove their title credentials. The two-time World Cup winners now need just a solitary point from three games to make it to the last four. India will take on hosts England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their last three games.
With the road ahead of them not being very tough, India look set to qualify for the next round. However, there are still outside chances of India missing out on a semifinal spot. But for that to happen, almost everything needs to go against the Virat Kohli-led side. One point from three games is a mere formality for the in-form Indian side and thus one can understand just how complex things have to get for India to leave the competition at the group stage.
But then everything is possible in sports and India still can fail to make it to the last four. At the time being, India have 11 points from 6 games. They also have the best net run-rate of all the teams with +1.160. One point would be more than enough for them to progress ahead. Even if India lose all the games, they can make it to the last four because of net run-rate.
But at the same time, they can find themselves out of the tournament, if certain things go against them. Here is a look at all those scenarios.
- The Men in Blue need to lose all of their last three games heavily which can impact their net run-rate.
- England need to win both of their remaining league game.
- One of Pakistan or Bangladesh will have to win all of their remaining two games. They will also have to win by big margins to leave India behind in terms of net run-rate.
- New Zealand must have better net run-rate than India at the end of the group stage.
India, meanwhile, will next take on hosts England on Sunday (June 30). A win against England will seal their passage to the semifinal with two games remaining.