ICC T20 World Cup 2021: What must Virat Kohli and Co do to get India to the semi-finals?


While all believe India is one of the favorites to win the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman, the Men in Blue faced their first hurdle after losing to Pakistan by 10 wickets during their opening match.

Not only that, Pakistan also won their second game against New Zealand by five wickets, securing to lead the Group 2 table. After the shocking and heartbreaking loss to their rivals, Virat Kohli and Co. will surely seek to bounce back.

So what’s next for Team India?

India will face New Zealand in their next league game on October 31 at the Dubai International Stadium. The Black Caps, who also suffered a loss in their opener, will also aim to bounce back when they face India.

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Both teams will enter the match needing to win the match because of the six teams in Group 2, Pakistan is already one of the main contenders to qualify for the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, if New Zealand wins their match against India and also emerge victorious in all of their other matches – Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland – then they will qualify with Pakistan for the knockout stage. The same criteria also apply to India.

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If the match between the Men in Blue and the Kiwis ends in a tie, then India’s great loss to Pakistan will come back to haunt them as the Green Shirts won the match by 10 wickets, which had a negative impact. on India’s net execution rate (RNR).

What changes could India make vis-à-vis New Zealand?

One of the problems India faced against Pakistan was that their fit players KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were unable to play.

Not only that, India is facing issues with their Hardik Pandya, who didn’t contribute much with the bat and was not on the pitch to play bowling because he injured his shoulder. .

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Ishan Kishan or Shardul Thakur could be made into the squad if Hardik Pandya is not fully in shape, but that would mean Virat Kohli would fall to fourth place with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma opening and Ishan Kishan in third.

As for the bowling department, Rahul Chahal would be eager to justify his selection in front of Yuzvendra Chahal if given the chance. He should however replace Varun Chakravarthy, who failed horribly against Pakistan. R Ashwin could also be recruited as his experience could help the team.