It seems impossible for India to make it to next World Cup as they have been placed with some very strong teams in the qualifying group.
There is only a whisker of a chance for them to be able to finish at the top position in that group.
However, they have something else to play for as well. They can aim for the no. 2 position. If they achieve that, they would get the ticket to Emirates for Asian Cup.
Nobody was expecting India to get an easy World Cup qualification draw because of their rankings and that’s why the head coach of the team, Stephen Constantine, did not look that disappointed.
Speaking to the reporters, the Englishman said, “It’s difficult, the kind of teams we have been slotted with, they are much more experienced, but, the fact that we are there in the group, we should be happy about it. Playing against strong oppositions is better than not playing against anyone.”
There have not been too many occasions in the recent past when India has faced strong international teams.
India actually does not play that much at the international level at all. The previous year, they played only a couple of games. But, now, because of them being placed in a World Cup qualifying group, they are going to get more international exposure.
It’s not certain though at which stadiums the Indians will play the home leg of the World Cup ties. Guwahati might be one of the venues that are supposed to be named. It had hosted the game against Nepal as well.
The four teams which India will be competing with for a place in the World Cup main draw are Iran, Guam, Oman and Turkmenistan.
Iran had taken part in World Cup 2014 as well.