In the wake of their heartbreak in the ODI World Cup 2023, the Indian cricket team is gearing up for a fresh challenge as they prepare to face Afghanistan in a historic three-match T20I series. The announcement comes as part of India’s post-World Cup schedule, aiming to recoup after their loss to Australia in the summit clash.
This will mark the first time India and Afghanistan meet in a series outside ICC and ACC tournaments, adding an extra layer of anticipation for cricket enthusiasts. The three-game series is scheduled to take place in January 2024, with Mohali, Indore, and Bengaluru set to host the encounters from January 11 to 17.
India, having finished their World Cup campaign as the table-toppers in the group stages, went unbeaten throughout the initial phase of the tournament. Their remarkable journey included breaking the Kiwi curse and securing a spot in the final against Australia. However, their unbeaten streak came to an end as Australia, led by Pat Cummins, chased down the target of 241 runs in a thrilling final.
Reflecting on the World Cup performance, Indian captain Rohit Sharma acknowledged the team’s disappointment, stating, “We were not good enough today. We tried everything but it wasn’t supposed to be.” Despite the setback, India will be aiming to regroup and focus on securing victories in the upcoming T20I series against Afghanistan.
The Indian team has a packed schedule ahead, with a five-match T20I series against Australia starting on November 23. The clash against Afghanistan provides an opportunity for India to assess their strengths and weaknesses in the shortest format of the game, setting the stage for an exciting cricketing spectacle.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits this historic encounter, the India vs Afghanistan T20I series promises to be a significant chapter in the ongoing narrative of international cricket.