T20 World Cup: India versus New Zealand is not a virtual quarterfinal; Afghanistan must not be underestimated – Harbhajan Singh

T20 World Cup: India versus New Zealand: Harbhajan Singh told India Today that he expects India to learn from their mistakes in the defeat to Pakistan and return stronger when they face New Zealand in a crucial Super 12 match on Sunday in Dubai.

Harbhajan Singh, the World Cup-winning off-spinner, said on Wednesday that calling India’s Super 12 match against New Zealand a virtual quarter-final is unfair, and that Afghanistan should not be underestimated in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup 2021.

T20 World Cup: India versus New Zealand: Pakistan has made a terrific start to the T20 World Cup 2021, defying expectations and establishing themselves as one of the favorites. Babar Azam’s side beat India by ten wickets and then beat New Zealand to give it two wins in a row.

Pakistan is likely to finish first in Super 12 Group 2, but they will face Afghanistan, who set the tone early in the competition by defeating Scotland by 130 runs in their first match.

Apart from minnows Namibia and Scotland, India and New Zealand will play on October 31 in Dubai, and both teams will face Afghanistan.

A win on Sunday will not guarantee either team a spot in the semi-final, but a loss will put them in jeopardy of making it to the last four.

“The match versus New Zealand isn’t even close to being a quarter-final. It’s a different game. You must, of course, play one game at a time. Anyone might be affected by Afghanistan, so don’t take them lightly “India Today spoke with Harbhajan.

“Our first task should be to defeat New Zealand, which I am confident the boys will accomplish. Following that, we must do well in the remaining games. It’s hard to say it’s the quarterinal. Every game after that will be crucial for Team India.

On Sunday, I predict India to defeat New Zealand: Harbhajan

Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh believes India will learn from their mistakes and put on a solid performance against New Zealand on Sunday. New Zealand has never beaten India in a. T20 World Cup encounter, and the past champions will be wary of Kane Williamson’s side, who had their World Cup run cut short. In an ICC event, India last defeated New Zealand in 2003.

“I believe India is a very, very talented team; obviously, they didn’t have a good day against Pakistan, but I still believe they can beat. New Zealand because of the quality of the team; all they need to do now is display their talent and show the rest of the world what they’re made of.”

“Clearly, the loss to Pakistan was a wake-up call. I am confident they will return stronger in the tournament, and the victory will begin with the next tie “Harbhajan continued.

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