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T20 WC: 'Afghanistan fully prepared and ready for India'

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June 20, 2024 10:57 IST
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IMAGE: Afghanistan head into the Super 8 stage, high on confidence, having won three of their four group games including one against New Zealand. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott feels his team is a stronger unit in a day game and expects his sprightly bunch to optimise the conditions against a formidable India in their opening Super 8 fixture in Barbados on Thursday.

 

Afghanistan head into the Super 8 stage, high on confidence, having won three of their four group games including one against New Zealand. Their sole loss came against West Indies earlier this week.

"Day games actually suit us better. So, quite excited to play India in a day game. Obviously, they are one of the favourites and obviously that has added pressure for India," former England Test player Trott said.

He doesn't feel that Afghanistan can be dubbed as underdogs anymore.

"........and hopefully, we can come in obviously perceived as underdogs but in my mind very much not underdogs and fully prepared and ready for the battle that confronts us tomorrow which I'm very excited about," Trott said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan, who were close to a semi-final berth in the ODI World Cup in India last year, are a stronger force in the shortest format. All big teams are wary of them and Trott sees that as a compliment to his unit.

"It's a compliment, but also earned as well. We have had, as you see in he IPL, we've got a lot of players playing a lot of T20 cricket around the world and now it's about putting that together as a side I think in the past we've had some good individual players, but we need all those players playing together as a side."

The spinners have been Afghanistan's strength traditionally but in this tournament, left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi has been their standout bowler and is currently sitting at the top of wicket takers' charts.

"When you have got the spinners with the experience of T20 cricket, like we have, I think you would obviously say that's one of our strengths, but yet one of our seamers is a leading wicket-taker in the tournament. So, I think we've seen certainly over the last couple of years a more rounded side. So, if it swings and seams, we can take wickets, if it spins hopefully, we can take wickets as well."

India and Afghanistan had played a thrilling double Super Over in Bengaluru earlier this year. Reminded of that game India narrowly won, Trott added: "What I take away from the match is we should have won it, in that Super Over. But also, what I take away, it shows how the gap is closing with regards to our side, the ability that our players have to be able to chase as well in T20 cricket.

"That was a fantastic chase in Bangalore and unfortunately, we didn't win. To have a second Super over, I'm not sure that's ever happened before."

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