Guwahati, Kolkata to host India’s first two home fits of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
In what comes as a big wonder to the Indian soccer fanatics, India can be playing their first two matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Kolkata and Guwahati. The Blue Tigers have been drawn along Oman, Afghanistan and AFC Asian Cup winner Qatar in Group E and will have the privilege of playing their first two suits on home soil. Interestingly, the iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata can be website hosting the country wide group after a long wait of eight years. The ultimate time the Indian football team performed on the ‘Mecca of Indian Football’ was returned on November sixteen, 2011, wherein the Blue Tigers defeated Malaysia three-2 in a friendly healthy.
Team India will kick-off its 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers marketing campaign against Oman on the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, Assam. However, the Igor Stimac-managed outfit will have to fear about its competition – Oman. In ultimate 8 head-to-head matches among India and Oman, the Blue Tigers have lost four, drawn 3 and won just a single fit towards the Erwin Koeman-controlled aspect. The final fit among India and Oman had ended in a goalless draw.
Interestingly, Erwin is the brother of Ronald Koeman, the manager of the Netherlands football crew and has represented the Netherlands while playing for reputed clubs in PSV and Groningen.
A herculean task in advance for the Indian football crew!
After that, India will head to Qatar to play arguably their toughest fit within the qualifying stage. Qatar has been in the extraordinary form in the past few months and lifted the AFC Asian Cup back in January. The World Cup hosts will stay up for practice for the quadrennial event after qualifying because of the host state for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
India will then face Bangladesh at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 15 and the Sunil Chhetri-led outfit will appear to use the home advantage and defeat their acquaintances. After Bangladesh, India will play an away game in opposition to Afghanistan on November 14 to complete the primary 4 fixture of the qualifying spherical. It will take a huge effort from each person inside the Indian team if the Blue Tigers want to finish on the pinnacle two to qualify for the subsequent round.
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Whether Team India gamers have a low season or not, the entirety related to the crew environment is usually hogging the limelight. Since their heartbreaking semi-final goes out from the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, there had been plenty of talks concerning the street beforehand of the Men in Blue. The burning topics consist of MS Dhoni’s retirement plans, Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma’s alleged rift alongside the future of Ravi Shastri and his assist workforce.
While Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hasn’t rushed into any remember, they determined to provide a forty five-day extension to Shastri, batting and assistant coach Sanjay Bangar in conjunction with bowling educate Bharat Arun. Thus, the trio will cowl the complete West Indies tour but a decision on their future tenure could be decided before India’s domestic series; versus South Africa, West Indies, and many others. A massive section of the fans and viewers accept as true with Shastri, especially, need to make manner for selling ‘cutting and changing’ inside the group after falling flat on crew techniques and pitch-reading along with the Indian skipper (as an example, at some point of India’s away Test series versus South Africa and England).
Shastri’s destiny hangs inside the balance. Hence, there have already been some names stated on who needs to be his successor. Among them, former Sri Lanka skipper and contemporary Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach Mahela Jayawardene’s call occupies the primary spot. Let us ponder upon why Jayawardene — appeared as an astute reader of the sport — is an on hand candidate for Shastri’s position.