T20 World Cup: A Review Of India’s Performance So Far

India are at the top of the points table and will play Afghanistan, Bangladesh/ Netherlands and Australia in the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup

The Indian Cricket Team ended their group stage campaign in the T20 World Cup with a washout game against Canada in Florida. The Rohit Sharma-led side won three out of the four games that it has played in the first round with the last game getting abandoned as a result of which the Men in Blue have finished at the top of the points table in Group A and will play Afghanistan, Bangladesh/ Netherlands and Australia in the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup on June 20, 22 and 24 respectively in the West Indies.

T20 World Cup: A Review Of India’s Performance So Far

The Standings


Interestingly India would have entered the next round as the number one team from Group A irrespective of whether the team finished at number one or number two at the end of the group stage matches in the T20 World Cup a decision which was taken by the ICC keeping in mind the logistical issues that the fans might have to face while traveling to the West Indies where the matches of the next round are scheduled to be played.

The Performance

If we talk about India’s performance in the first round of the T20 World Cup then there were a lot of positives for the team in all three departments be it batting, bowling, and fielding as the Men in Blue played like a complete unit on tough wickets in New York that assisted the bowlers with pace and bounce which was on offer in a stadium which was built in 100 days for the T20 World Cup.

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The Batting Exploits

As far as India’s batting department is concerned the batters did relatively well on a wicket that was known for its uneven bounce as they batted with good temperament and technique. The one batter that stood out was left-handed wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant who was making a comeback in international cricket having played his last game for India in 2022. Rishabh took on the bowlers fearlessly and played attacking cricket right from the word go and was the leading run-scorer at that particular ground.

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The Bowling Department

The Indian bowling department was taken care of by left-arm pacer Arshdeep Sing who was instrumental in giving India breakthroughs in the first six overs with the new ball. Along with his bowling in the powerplay, Arshdeep was also able to bowl accurate yorkers in the death overs which was evident during India’s match against arch-rivals Pakistan where the fast bowler bowled a magnificent last over to help his team clinch victory from the jaws of defeat in a low scoring thriller in the T20 World Cup. Arshdeep was well supported by fellow fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah who was the pick of the Indian bowlers against Paistan and Mohammad Siraj who has also bowled aggressively in all the matches so far.

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The Opportunity

The Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup provides an opportunity for players who haven’t had much game time in the middle and one of them is the spin-bowling duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal one of who might get a chance when India plays in the West Indies. On the batting front, Virat Kohli’s lack of form might be a cause of concern for the team management and the Rohit Sharma-led side would hope for the former Indian captain to get some runs under his belt in the next round of the T20 World Cup.