“Afghanistan are a dangerous team in this format,” Rahul Dravid is not taking their opponents lightly in the Super 8s

Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid

As the T20 World Cup enters the Super 8 stage, the Indian cricket team faces a formidable opponent: Afghanistan. Head coach Rahul Dravid is leaving no room for complacency, emphasizing that India will not take Afghanistan lightly.

Despite not having beaten India in any T20Is yet, Afghanistan boasts a lineup of seasoned T20 stars. Some of their players have more global experience than their Indian counterparts, having featured prominently in various T20 leagues, including the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Rahul Dravid talks ahead of Super 8 clash against Afghanistan

Dravid expresses excitement about playing in the Caribbean, a region with a rich cricketing history. The ground holds significance, and India looks forward to the match.

“Firstly, it was good to play in New York. All the three games that we played were really well-attended. It’s also lovely to come to the Caribbean. Come and play on this ground, which has a great history. It’s fantastic, we are really looking forward to it. We have had a couple of days of really good practice,” Dravid said at the pre-match press conference in Barbados.

India had a good rest between the group stage and the Super 8. Dravid assures that the team is well-prepared and ready for the challenge. The break allowed them to recharge and fine-tune their strategies.

Dravid acknowledges Afghanistan’s prowess and the danger they pose in this format. He emphasizes that they deserve respect and recognition. Their journey to the Super 8s is well-deserved, and India won’t underestimate them.

“And we feel, we are ready and rested. We feel we are prepared. Afghanistan are a dangerous team in this format. They have shown with their performances in this World Cup. They might not have a lot of international experience, but some of their players play regularly in T20 leagues, in fact, more than some of our players do. Most of them are well-travelled cricketers, especially in the T20 circuit. A lot of them are very prominent members in their IPL teams and other teams,” Dravid said about Afghanistan.

“Certainly, in this format, they are not a team that should be taken lightly and they are deservedly in the Super 8s. We will not treat them any differently as we would treat any other team we expect to play in the Super 8s,” he further added.

Rashid Khan and other Afghan players have made their mark in the IPL. Their familiarity with high-pressure T20 situations makes them a force to be reckoned with.

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