New Delhi: So far, 24 matches have been played in the World Cup 2023 (including the Australia-Netherlands match) and the picture is becoming quite clear regarding the teams reaching the semi-finals. It is almost certain that host India will make it to the last four of the tournament. Rohit Sharma’s Indian team is on top with 10 points after winning all its five matches. Winning 4 out of 5 points, defending runner up New Zealand and South Africa also seem to be moving strongly towards the last four.
Australia, which lost both the initial matches, has 6 points after winning 3 matches and has also staked its claim to enter the last four, but in Asia, which is considered to be the powerhouse of cricket, the condition of other teams except India looks slim. Pakistan (Pakistan Team) and Afghanistan (Afghanistan Team) have 4 points each with 2 wins after 5 matches and to enter the last four, they need to win all four or at least three of their matches (in case of improving the net run rate.
The situation of two other teams of Asia – Sri Lanka Team and Bangladesh team is even worse. After five matches, Bangladesh and after four matches, Sri Lanka have only two points with one win in their account and it is almost impossible for both of them to reach the semi-finals in the World Cup.
If any other team of Asia except India fails to make it to the last four, then in a way World Cup 2023 may see a repeat of the situation of World Cup 2015 and 2019. In both these World Cups, no team from this continent except India could reach the semi-finals. In a way, this situation shows the decline in the level of other cricket teams of Asia except India.
Pakistan: Babar Azam’s team had made a good start by defeating Netherlands and Sri Lanka in the first two matches, but the team’s performance has completely derailed after the defeat at the hands of arch-rival India. After this, the Pakistan team had to face defeat at the hands of Australia and Nainveli Afghanistan. Be it batting, bowling or fielding, the team looks weak on all three fronts and is facing criticism from former cricketers and the public at home. It seems that the team does not have the courage to come together and take the field.
Captain Babar Azam is not able to inspire the team with his leadership. The team’s path to enter the semi-finals also seems to be difficult because it has to play three of its next four matches against South Africa, New Zealand and England. These teams are better in terms of balance and defeating them (especially the Pakistani players) In the current state of mind, it is going to be very difficult for Pakistan. Bangladesh is the only team which Pakistan can defeat at present. Even if Pakistan team wins two out of its next four matches, it will not be able to reach the last four. Although the image of the Pakistan team is that of a fighting brigade and in the past it has the ability to defeat even the biggest teams on its special day, but at least this does not seem possible with the current team of Babar Azam.
Next four matches of Pak team
27 October vs South Africa
31 October vs Bangladesh
4 November vs New Zealand
11 November vs England
Afghanistan: Has four points with two wins from five matches. Although Hashmatullah Shahidi’s team has registered two big upsets by defeating defending champions England and Pakistan, it would be too much to expect a good performance from this team. If the spin attack is While the strong side of the team is its fast bowling and fielding, its weak side is. The team has so far lost its matches against Bangladesh, India and New Zealand. This team has to play its next four matches with Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Australia and South Africa. Out of these, it seems possible to defeat Netherlands and Sri Lanka but it will not be easy to defeat Australia and South Africa.
Next four matches of Afghanistan team
30 October vs Sri Lanka
3 November vs Netherlands
7 November vs Australia
10 November vs South Africa
Sri Lanka: The Sri Lankan team is currently troubled by players’ injuries. Players like Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera are already not part of the tournament due to injury. The remaining gap was filled by the injury of captain Dasun Shanaka during the tournament, in this situation Kusal Mendis is captaining the team. The batting of this team has performed well in parts but the bowling is proving to be the weak link.
World Cup It is almost out of the race for the semi-finals. The team has registered its only win over Netherlands, while it has lost against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. The team has to play its next 5 matches against England (this match is to be held today), Afghanistan, India. Have to play against Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Next four matches of Sri Lankan team
30 October vs Afghanistan
2 November vs India
6 November vs Bangladesh
9 November vs New Zealand
Bangladesh: Just before the World Cup, Bangladesh team was in the news due to the controversy between captain Shakib Ul Hasan and opener Tamim Iqbal. Due to this, Tamim could not make a place in the Bangladesh team. So far this team has defeated only Afghanistan while it has lost to England, New Zealand, India and South Africa.
The next four matches are against Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia. Considering the difficult prospects, it is considered impossible for this team to reach the last four.
Next four matches of Bangladesh team
28 October vs Netherlands
31 October vs Pakistan
6 November vs Sri Lanka
12 November vs Australia