Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja feels that the upcoming matches for Team India are crucial to their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign. They are slated to play four more T20I matches before departing for Australia, where they will play additional warm-up contests. However, India has had momentum on its side earlier but now finds itself on the other side.
Ajay Jadeja said on Cricbuzz: “From now on, I would say that this is our run to the World Cup. Every game from now on, till we finish with South Africa, India have got to win. Unless we do that, we cannot win the World Cup. If they catch that momentum or even look at it that way, then I think that it would be a good place to be in.”
Ajay Jadeja added: “Australia are a good team, they may not have their top four players, but they are still a better side than Sri Lanka. In the last few series we have got Ireland, a draw against South Africa, those were good results, but you got to win this one.”
However, a win in the decider against Australia would mark Rohit Sharma’s ninth consecutive series victory as captain as well. India would also have the most T20I wins in a calendar year if they manage to win as well.
“You ideally want to win and continue on with that momentum. In World Cups, you need consistent wins, you cannot have one win and then one loss. A 2-1 scoreline looks good in a bilateral series win, but that one game you lost could be a crucial game in the World Cup. It could be the semis, or a vital group stage match to qualify for the semis,” Ajay Jadeja concluded.
Team India are scheduled to play against Australia in the final T20I match of the series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday, September 25.