In-form India start as overwhelming favourites

India couldn’t have asked for a better start to the tournament, despite their injury concerns. Even the one that will keep Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of their first eleven comes at a time when Mohammed Shami can probably ease back into game rhythm. Afghanistan presents them the kind of challenge where guarding against complacency would be the biggest watchword.
India’s opponents come in with plenty of problems of their own. The change in captaincy hasn’t worked, and if any could have triggered more problems for the team in the World Cup. They’ve been rocked by calls of player mismanagement and it hasn’t helped that their on-field game has been nowhere close to their best. They come in just a couple of days after getting a pummelling by Eoin Morgan’s England side, and are on the brink of being the first team to be knocked out of World Cup 2019.They make no bones about the mismatch in quality, and if any Afghanistan continue to make the right noises in asking for more games against the better teams between World Cups to help them improve. They played really well. But Rashid, I think he’s one of the strongest mind players now, so he learns everything very quickly. He also learns from mistakes.