India is not yet looking at Net Run Rate, but is focussed on executing its plans and getting some points on the board when it takes on Afghanistan, said Vikram Rathour, batting coach of the team.

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While the Indian fans are looking at scenarios through which their team might make it to the final four despite losing the first two matches by comprehensive margins, the Indian think-tank has not shifted focus.

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Calculations later

“We need to win first before we get into the run rate part of the equation,” said Rathour. “We won't be good at math anyways being cricketers. At this time, the focus is to play good cricket, to win the remaining three games. I think this calculation will come into the picture, come into focus when we get to the last game and when the other results are out. We are just looking to play well, sort out the issues and get into the game and win.”

Rathour elaborated on the “issues” that had led India to two losses.

“What happened in the past two games is that we were not really able to execute our plans the way we wanted to and that has been our issue and not preparation, I think,” he said.

Pitch factor

“One of the factors is definitely the pitch. I think when you bat first on these surfaces, even though it doesn't look very uneven, there is variation in pace and bounce. So strike rotation is an issue. It's not only with our team but has been an issue with other teams as well. We were not able to execute the big shots.”

Rathour also said that the entire Indian squad was available for selection, meaning that Suryakumar Yadav had recovered sufficiently from his back spasms to be available for selection.

“I think all 15 are available for selection and we haven't really sat down yet to discuss the XI for tomorrow’s game,” said Rathour.