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‘Focus on winning, not concerned about net run rate’ : Vikram Rathour says India not looking too far ahead

India need to win all their remaining games by big margins to stand a chance to qualify

Vikram Rathour
Vikram Rathour (Source: Twitter)

India batting coach Vikram Rathour has said that team India is focused on winning their remaining games of the league stage and are not concerned about the net run rate at the moment. With two back to back losses against Pakistan and New Zealand, India’s campaign in the 20-20 World Cup has hit a road bump. The team’s only chance to qualify for the semis is to win their remaining matches with big margins. However, that alone won’t help the team qualify and they will need other results to go their way.

“At this time, the focus is to play good cricket and to win the remaining three games,” Rathour said

“I think this calculation will come into picture when we get to the last game, and when other results are out. “At this moment, no, there’s no focus on calculating run rates or anything. We’re just looking to play when and sort out issues and win the games.”

India’s batting is deemed as one of the best in the world. However, the same has let the team down in the showpiece event. Put in to bat, the batters have struggled to cope up with the slowness of the surfaces. Rahour admitted that pitches have played a part in India’s misery.

“The pitches are definitely one of the factors,” former Indian opener Rathour said. “With variable pace and bounce, strike rotation is an issue and it’s not with only our team. “But yes, unfortunately that happened with us in the last game.”

India’s next game is against Afghanistan. The team is placed second on the points table with two wins in three games. They also gave Pakistan a run for their money but couldn’t get over the line. Rathour revealed that India are not taking Afghanistan lightly.

“They’re a good team and they have done well,” Rathour said of the Afghan team boasting a formidable spin attack spearheaded by Rashid Khan. “I think the challenge will be their spinners. But we have a tremendous set of skilful players, who have done well in past. If we play to our potential, I think we should do well.”

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