Explained: How India Can Still Qualify For The Semi-Final Of The ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Explained: How India Can Still Qualify For The Semi-Final Of The ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Team India has once again failed to make a mark in an ICC event. This time, it is none other than the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which is taking place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The India National Cricket Team has lost both their opening fixtures and now depend on other teams in their group for a spot in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2021.

First up, the Men in Blue were outclassed by their arch-rivals Pakistan, who beat the Men in Blue by a giant margin of 10 wickets in their opening match of the tournament. On Sunday, India lost to New Zealand, making matters worse for itself as they are now almost knocked out of a top-four finish in the T20 World Cup 2021.

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Explained: How India Can Still Qualify For The Semi-Final Of The ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Currently, the Indian Cricket Team is at the bottom of the points table in their group. In order to qualify for the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, team India needs to beat Afghanistan, which is placed second on the table with a net run-rate (NRR) of (+3.097), Scotland and Namibia by big margins to improve its own NRR.

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For the Men in Blue to stand a meagre chance, New Zealand must beat Afghanistan but not by a big margin, and in the unlikeliest of scenarios, one of Namibia and Scotland need to pull off an upset against the Kiwis. Even if all these results go India’s way, then the BlackCaps and the Men in Blue will finish with six points each. Thereby it would all come down to the NRR to decide the second semifinalist.

Team India’s Poor Run In ICC Events Continues

The poor run of the Men in Blue in ICC events has been a point of massive concern in the Indian cricketing fraternity over the last 5-6t years. This was the reason MS Dhoni was appointed as the Mentor of the India National Cricket Team ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 but he seems to have no control over the team decisions.

T20 World Cup 2021: Watch - Virat Kohli Gets Caught At Long-On, Ish Sodhi Picks His Second Wicket
T20 World Cup 2021: Watch – Virat Kohli Gets Caught At Long-On, Ish Sodhi Picks His Second Wicket

Virat Kohli’s captaincy in clutch games has been a question mark in the ICC events and it seems nothing has changed. Virat has already announced that he will be stepping down as the T20 captain after the T20 World Cup. The entire coaching staff is also due to change after the World Cup and a fresh leadership group might bear the fruits for the Men in Blue in the T20 World Cup next year in Australia.