Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib was disappointed, but not too downhearted after his team lost narrowly to India.
Despite recording six straight losses and sitting bottom of the table, Afghanistan has been growing in confidence and holding its own, particularly with its batting. One key player on Saturday was all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who took two wickets and was his side’s highest scorer with 52 runs. “Nabi showed why he’s one of the best players of Afghanistan and also in the world,” added Naib.
“Actually, our plan was to take the match to the end - to the (last) five overs. So Nabi played really well according to it,” he said. “When we played (our) first four games, we lost really badly. Then we played against England and India, which are strong sides and favourites to win the tournament. We’re now getting better and better day by day,” stated Naib.
Naib was frustrated with the fact that Afghanistan reduced India to a low total but could not rack up the required runs to claim a huge upset. “When we chase this kind of total, one or two of our middle order should make 50 or 80. 20 or 30 is not enough. The score was chaseable, but I think we didn’t take our responsibilities, especially on the batting side.”