India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs India

first_imgIndia vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaWorld Cup 2019: India’s batsmen have been dominant so far in the 2019 Cricket World Cup against spinners. Against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan, India have not lost a single wicket to spinadvertisement Next Ajay Tiwari SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 18:57 IST India and Afghanistan will clash on June 22 in Southampton in only their 3rd meeting ever in ODIs (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia and Afghanistan will clash on June 22 in SouthamptonIndia haven’t lost a single wicket to spin in World Cup 2019Afghanistan’s spinners have proved ineffective in the tournament which is a real worry for the sideAs far as match-ups go, India vs Afghanistan promises to be as ill-matched as David vs Goliath, but when the teams meet in Southampton on Saturday, it seems highly unlikely that the result will follow it’s biblical corollary. The magnitude of the gulf between the 2 sides in the ongoing World Cup 2019 can be gauged from the fact that while India are yet unbeaten in the tournament after 4 games, Afghanistan are still waiting for their 1st victory and the way they were brushed aside by Eoin Morgan’s England in their last match, it seems the wait is poised to get even longer.India are yet to lose a wicket to spin in World Cup 2019. Oppositions have so far bowled a total of 53 overs of spin to the Indian batsmen without getting a single wicket while leaking 339 runs. That’s an economy of 6.39!During India’s World Cup opener against South Africa, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled 10 and 9 overs respectively while going away for 112 runs in total. Australia, who possess a pace-heavy attack, still used Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell for a combined 13 overs but the duo was treated with disdain by the Indian batsmen as they plundered 95 runs off the spinners. Pakistan, possibly not taking a cue from India’s outing against Australia, unleashed 4 spinners (Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez) at Old Trafford, but there was no letup from the Indians as they refused to give a single wicket to their spinners.All this is not good news for their opponents on Saturday. Afghanistan arrived for the World Cup 2019, banking heavily on their troika of spinners – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman. The trio had proven to be match-winners in the past, including in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for Afghanistan, they remained key to whatever success they thought of achieving at the tournament.advertisementHowever, the story of these spinners has mirrored their team’s fortunes at the ongoing World Cup. Their spearhead Rashid has gone wicket-less in the past 2 matches against England and South Africa since he couldn’t bowl after being hit in the head while batting against New Zealand. In 16 overs since that blow, Rashid has been punished for 155 runs, with Morgan alone heaving him for 7 sixes! Before that Taunton game, Rashid had managed to pick 3 wickets against Sri Lanka and Australia.Rashid’s teammate Nabi, shone bright against Sri Lanka with 4 spectacular wickets with his off-spin but he too has failed to make a bigger impact in the rest of the games. Mujeeb has only played 3 games till now but only managed to get a solitary wicket so far. Clearly, one of Afghanistan’s biggest strengths has turned into their Achilles heel. Combine this with India’s record against spin in this World Cup, and Afghanistan have got a few headaches ahead of their clash on Saturday.If things go India’s way, the agony for Afghanistan from their outing against England in their last match could seem like it was in the distant past.Also Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantAlso Read | World Cup 2019: People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid KhanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs AfghanistanFollow Rashid KhanFollow Mohammad Nabilast_img read more