Key Takeaways for Afghanistan from CWC 2019

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Internal strife: Huge setback Credits: ICC

When Afghanistan faced India, one of the contenders for winning the Cricket World Cup 2019, a few days ago, at one point in time, Afghanistan’s win probability was at 52%. If only someone supported Nabi from the other end, the Afghans would have been behind the major upset in this year’s ICC World Cup. Harsha Bhogle in the post-match review said that no match should have 2 points written on it for one team, and Afghanistan showed a lot of courage to halt India’s undefeated run at the 50-over CWC tournament and snatch those 2 points away from them. Unfortunately, Afghanistan’s fighting spirit couldn’t bear result and their campaign comes to an end at the hands of the Bangladeshi Tigers, who are proving to be a class of their own with Shakib Al Hasan achieving a rare feat of scoring 400+ runs and taking 10 wickets. We list the Key Takeaways for Afghanistan from CWC 2019.

 

The Positives

When Afghanistan was making not just Virat Kohli, but all the Indian fans nervous, it was just their belief that was making them inch closer to their biggest victory ever. Naib’s boys believed that they can rise to the occasion and play to their strengths to keep their hopes alive; and they somewhat did. They need to keep up with their spirit and continue working on their game to become a formidable opponent for any side in the world.

The Negatives

Afghanistan’s squad was marred by controversy and civil war this time around. Considering the fact that they have always been labeled as an underdog, they should have taken this opportunity to turn things around and not just succumb to the pressure, after performing magnificently in the qualifiers. While it’s easier said than done, they need to learn how to handle situations under pressure and leverage their self-belief to prove themselves as a team who is not to be taken lightly. That was a good effort against team India but they need to realize that it’s high time they converted their efforts into results. They also need to understand that they cannot rely too much on just one player and the whole team needs to perform if they want to get rid of their ‘underdog’ tag and make progress in tournaments such as the World Cup.

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