The Sportsrush presents Team India’s chances of not qualifying for the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Team India’s thumping 125-run victory over the West Indies at The Old Traffford, Manchester meant that they remain the only unbeaten team in the ongoing World Cup so far. Thus, with 5 wins in 6 matches, they are comfortably placed at the second spot in the points table with one foot into the semi-finals.
With Australia already having secured their semi-final berth, one more win for Team India in their remaining three league matches, would be enough for them for making it through to the knock out stage.
What’s more of a sign of encouragement for the team, is the fact that they are not dependent on other teams to perform well or in a poor manner in their upcoming remaining fixtures.
But, as the saying goes- “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst”, the formidable Indian side can still not make it through, if things go really haywire for them in the remaining three league matches.
How Team India won’t make it through?
Team India’s next league fixture is against Hosts England, who have not had the best of times in the World Cup so far, as was expected of them with the form they were in prior the marquee tournament. In fact, experts were even of the opinion, that they would make it through to the knock out stages without losing even a single match.
But, their loss against the ‘mercurial’ Pakistan team and then versus Sri Lanka, has had such an adverse impact on them, that one loss, and they might well be crashed out of the tournament.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 28, 2019
But, with India still needing one more victory to confirm their berth, they are very well aware that if there has to be one team that can stop their winning juggernaut, it is the English side
Thus, India might still not qualify for the semi-finals if:
India loses all their three remaining matches against England, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh
England wins both their league matches versus India and New Zealand
Bangladesh or Pakistan wins both their league matches by huge margins, to ultimately manage to overtake India in the Net Run Rate column.
New Zealand too, lose both their remaining matches (against Australia and England) and eventually finish with a better run-rate than India after the league stage.