India is currently unbeaten in the tournament after six games. However, this has not sealed their spot in the final four yet. With 11 points from the possible 12, India is almost surely going to make it to the semi-finals. Australia became the first team to make it to the final four with 12 points in 7 matches. Australia currently sits on the top of the table, with India occupying the second spot.
The Men in Blue just need one point now to make their qualification a certainty. With three matches still remaining, and the form that team India is in, their qualification seems to be a mere formality from here.
With this unbeaten run, India is now the World no.1 ODI side in the ICC rankings. This happened only after England lost two matches in a row, and dropped points to gift the no.1 rank to Kohli’s men. In their latest victory, India thrashed the Windies by a huge margin of 125 runs. India scored 268 runs while batting first only to bundle up the Windies for 143.
India’s qualification needs just one point, which is almost a certainty. However, if things go horribly wrong, India might be shown the door before they qualify. Although the chances are really slim, in a tournament like this, upsets cannot be ruled out.
How can India fail to qualify?
For India to fail from qualifying, things will have to go completely wrong for them. Not only the results of their matches but the results of other matches will also affect the qualification. This is how India can fail to qualify.
- Kohli’s men will have to lose all their remaining matches by huge margins. These matches are against England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
- New Zealand must end its group stage with a better run-rate than India in case both the teams finish at 11 points.
- England will have to win both their games which are against India and New Zealand.
- Either Pakistan or Bangladesh should win both their remaining games by big margins.