November 20, 2019
ICC World Cup 2019

World cup 2019: What are the chances of Afghanistan against India

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The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is held every four years. The last one took place in Australia and New Zealand, and this year it’s the turn of England and Wales. As the number of teams has been reduced to ten, nations such as Ireland have been unable to make the cut for the first time since the early 2000s. The format, that of One Day International (ODI), continues to deliver enthusiastic followings, and a spectacle of high order is guaranteed.

Despite the reduction in numbers from the previous fourteen, interest was always going to remain high, with popular teams such as the co-hosts England, as well as Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, and Pakistan amongst others, helping to generate live viewing figures of hundreds of millions of spectators in the first week of play alone. 

Two teams, India and Afghanistan, have had very contrasting fortunes. India, befitting its status as cricketing country of long-standing, has won three of the four matches it has played so far in the Group Stage, with one abandoned against New Zealand. It has achieved a total of seven points out of a possible eight. It’s Net Run Rate (NRR), which measures the efficiency of a cricket team in scoring, was a respectable 1.029.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, has suffered against what has clearly been stiff opposition. The statistics tell their own story. Out of the five games it has played, it has lost every one. Its NRR compared to India’s is an indicator of how the match between India vs Afghanistan, on 22nd June 2019, will almost certainly go. While India has an NRR of above 1 over its four games, Afghanistan is already -2.089 over its five.

It will need a miracle for Afghanistan to overturn expectations, after such a poor run in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. Sport is a game of miracles, it is true, but this just seems one too far.

It will need a miracle for Afghanistan to overturn expectations, after such a poor run in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. Sport is a game of miracles, it is true, but this just seems one too far.