World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan urges Afghanistan not to repeat mistakes vs India

first_imgAfghanistan’s campaign has gone from bad to worse in the World Cup 2019 as five defeats and blame games within the team is taking a toll on the players. The team is languishing in last place in the points table and have no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.Afghanistan’s next challenge is against India, which has been the team to beat in the tournament so far along with New Zealand. India will be the favourites once again when they take the field in Southampton on Saturday.Taking on a formidable side like India will be an uphill task for the Afghans and they will be looking to bring in their A-game against Kohli and Co. on Saturday. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan urged his teammates to not repeat the same mistakes that they have made in this tournament so far against India.Rashid admitted that things haven’t gone according to plan for Afghanistan but they are still upbeat about their chances in the remaining four matches.”We had come in with a lot of preparation and a plan. We tried a lot, we should have won against Sri Lanka and we had also targeted that game. But we were unlucky, we didn’t play responsibly.”As a batting unit we had the capability to chase the target but there are always bad days. We learnt from that game. We have learnt a lot from other games, we still have 4 matches left so we hope we won’t make the same mistakes.”We have played against India in the Asia Cup, it will be a tough game. With the kind of batting and bowling they have, they are one of the top teams in the tournament. But we will try not to repeat the same mistakes. Our main focus will be to field well. We will try to play positively. Whatever talent we have we will try to showcase it on the ground against India,” Rashid Khan told India Today.advertisementAfghanistan have just not been unable to recreate the magic they did in the World Cup Qualifiers and Asia Cup last year, and have faced five defeats in as many games so far. They have been below par with both bat and ball and the sloppy fieldwork has also not helped their cause.Fielding is one area where they are working extra hard and Rashid said they will have to be at their best in the match against India, who he labelled as the team which can win the World Cup.”There is no doubt India cannot win the world cup. The combination they have, the bowling lineup and the fielders they have. In this World Cup, the teams which are fielding well are winning matches. India have the skills in the fielding. They have better batsmen than bowlers, one of the best teams here. They can win there is no doubt,” Rashid Khan said.Also Read | Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaAlso Read | People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid KhanAlso Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh Pantlast_img