India were deemed as one of the hot favourites to win the 20-20 World Cup title. However, their start to the tournament was the worst they could have imagined. The team lost two back to back matches against Pakistan and New Zealand are now staring a group stage exit from the tournament.
The team though is not out of the tournament. If they can win their remaining three games and few other results go their way, they may have an outside chance. However, they will need to get their run rate above New Zealand and Afghanistan.
India batting coach Vikram Rathour however revealed that the team is not thinking about their net run rate and are focussing on winning the remaining three games.
"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."
While India batters have been in the UAE for over a month owing to the IPL, they failed to cope up with the slowness of the wickets in the showpiece event. Rathour admitted that the wickets been difficult to bat.
"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 will next take on Afghanistan on November 3. It's a must-win game for the Men in Blue. However, in these conditions, Afghanistan can be a threat, with world-class spinners at their disposal. They have won two games and are currently placed second on the points table. They even had a chance to beat Pakistan but could not finish the game. Rathour said the team is wary of Afghan threat and are not taking them lightly.