Pakistan have been on a roll in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. They defeated India in their first game by 10 wickets, ending their 12-match winning steak against Pakistan in global events. Later, they outclassed New Zealand and beat them by 5 wickets.
Pakistan’s win over New Zealand have almost sealed the semi-final berth for them, leaving India and New Zealand to fight for the second spot. While the Group also boasts of Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, many feel that the winner of the India-New Zealand game will qualify as the second team from the group.
However, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that the group is still wide open as Afghanistan are well capable to upset any team in the tournament. Harbhajan advised India to take one game at a time.
“The match against New Zealand is not a virtual quarter-final. Afghanistan can upset anyone, we can’t take them lightly,” Harbhajan told India Today.
“We must beat New Zealand first and then think about the other games. From now onwards, all the matches are a kind of must-win game for Team India,” he added.
Harbhajan further said the defeat against Pakistan was a wake-up call for India but backed the Virat Kohli led side to bounce back against New Zealand. “The loss against Pakistan is a wake up call for Team India. I am sure they will come back stronger against New Zealand,” said the veteran spinner.
“India have a very good side, they just had an off day against Pakistan. I still back India to beat New Zealand, knowing the quality we have in this team. They just need to go out there and showcase their talent,” he added.