World Cup 2019: 4 reasons why Afghanistan have faltered so far
- The key reasons behind Afghanistan's underwhelming start to the 2019 World Cup.
Afghanistan have risen up the ranks rapidly since the last World Cup. They have done better than all the other Asian teams after India. And yet, their performances in the ICC World Cup 2019 so far have been well below the expectations.
Let's look into the possible reasons behind such an underwhelming start:
#1 Asghar Afghan's removal as captain
With two months to go before the start of the World Cup, the selectors took the inexplicable decision of removing Asghar Afghan as the captain and replacing him with Gulbadin Naib.
Afghan is the most successful national captain with 31 wins out of 53 completed games. A man who led his team successfully to the World Cup 2019 after winning the qualifiers in Zimbabwe, was stripped of the captaincy after all the hard work he had put in.
One could argue that it was his batting that led to such a decision, but in that case he shouldn't have been in the team itself, which wasn't the case.
Also, Afghan averages 23 and got replaced by a player averaging 21, which again was a difficult pill to swallow. The real reasons behind the decision still remain a mystery; we can only assume politics being involved.
#2 Too much cricket for Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi
We often say that more the cricket, the better the exposure. But what gets forgotten is how that benefits batsmen and allows them to get used to a certain kinds of bowling.
That has been the case for Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. They have been playing cricket all across the globe - be it the IPL, Big Bash or Caribbean Premier League. They have been playing non-stop cricket because of the opportunities they are being presented with.
But that has made them less effective in the World Cup. Their fatigue is showing in their lack of discipline with the ball.
Secondly, the batsmen have also started to find ways to tackle them. That has resulted in Rashid having got only 3 wickets and Nabi just 4 wickets in 3 games. Both are averaging a paltry 9 with the bat, which hasn't helped their cause either.
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