India take on Afghanistan in a climatic clash on Wednesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
For Virat Kohli & co, this match will be a must-win game to keep their slender hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals.
India have lost both their games against Pakistan and New Zealand in Group 2. They will be up against a dynamic Afghanistan side that have won two of their three fixtures and will be vying to win this match to contend for a spot in the semis.
Afghanistan is a serious threat: Aakash Chopra
Cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra said that Afghanistan spinners will be a big task for India to deal with.
“Afghanistan is a serious threat. Take them lightly at your own peril. If we were stuck in front of Shadab, Ish and Santner, there will be three excellent spinners here. If Mujeeb is fit, our story is going to be very difficult,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“Afghanistan have batsmen who like to play the big shots. Their batsmen don’t have any timidness. They do have a very decent batting lineup. They will keep on attacking. If a guy is there for 30 balls, he will kill you,” he added.
Our fate is hanging by a very thin thread: Aakash Chopra
Chopra believes India can win, but this won’t be an easy clash for Kohli and his men as many fixtures have mostly been decided by winning the toss.
Chopra is of the opinion that India does not need to win the toss to push their case against Afghanistan and also pointed out that their fate in the tournament depends on other team’s results as well.
“Nothing is easy, to win a match in the World Cup, now I see all the matches as difficult. We have lost to Pakistan and New Zealand. Our fate is hanging by a very thin thread. We have already put our lives’ remote control in others’ hands,” Chopra said.
“I am still saying India will win but is it actually a cakewalk. There are no games that are cakewalks in this World Cup as far as we are concerned. The toss will be in focus again. But do you still need the toss to defeat Afghanistan? Toss is important but it is not the be-all and end-all,” he added.
After the Afghanistan match, India will play against Scotland and Namibia.