Scotland wicketkeeper Matthew Cross made a funny comment from behind the stumps, reminding spinner Chris Greaves how the entire Indian fanbase stands in support behind him as he ran up to bowl to New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips during Wednesday (November 3) afternoon’s T20 World Cup 2021 game.
Playing the Kiwis in Dubai, Scotland needed a victory to ensure they stay in the contest. But from an Indian point of view as well, their win is extremely important to keep Virat Kohli and company’s slender hope intact.
Heavy favourites, Kiwis, if they defeat Scotland, would earn two more points from Group 2 of the Super 12 stage and stay one of the front-runners in the race towards the semi-finals. But a defeat for them helps India, who not only need win to all of their remaining matches by huge margins but also hope that New Zealand and Afghanistan lose at least one of their games.
Matthew Cross makes amusing India reference during NZ-SCO T20 World Cup game
It is with that context in mind that Cross made it a point to mention to Greaves that entire India is behind him as he ran up and rolled his arms over against Phillips in Dubai earlier on in the Kiwi batter’s innings.
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Cross’ comments also cheered up the Indian fans watching the Scotland-New Zealand game closely, hoping against hope that the leading associate side can come back to form and pull off an unlikely win over the Kiwis.
Historically, the Kiwis have been the biggest bullies of the lower-ranked Test sides and associates in World Cups and have never failed to stamp their authority in such matches.
Also in their previous T20 World Cup encounter against Scotland back in 2009, they came out on top in a rain-marred fixture at The Oval in England.
Having lost to Pakistan and New Zealand, India need an unrealistic scenario to go their way as they are now required to not only beat Afghanistan (Nov 3), Scotland (Nov 5) and Namibia (Nov 8) but also hope that at least one of the associates or Afghanistan defeat New Zealand.
But the tricky part is that if Afghanistan do clinch a surprising victory over the Kiwis, India need to make sure – via their own clash against them – that their NRR is dented enough not to be ahead of them in that count.