Akhtar backs rivals India to lift World Cup
Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar has backed the Indian cricket team to win the World Cup 2019 on July 14 at Lord’s in London. Virat Kohli & Co has come a long way to make it to the semi-finals of the competition with their only defeat coming against the hosts England in the group stage. India’s match against New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
After a convincing 7-wicket over Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded match, India topped the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points table and they are also the only Asian team to go to the semis. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are the other three Asian teams that were knocked out of the tournament after the end of the league stage.
India will take on New Zealand in a virtual semi-final clash at Old Trafford cricket ground on Tuesday.
“New Zealand can’t take pressure. I hope they don’t choke this time. But I really want the World Cup to stay in the subcontinent and I think, I will back India all the way,” Rawalpindi express said in his YouTube channel.
Akhtar also heaped praise on Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s performances, saying, “Rohit Sharma has great timing and shot selection. His understanding of the game is also superb. K.L. Rahul also got his ton which is a good thing”.
Akhtar also highlighted that the net run-rate rule is frustrating and he believed that Pakistan played better cricket than New Zealand but failed to go through on this count.
“Pakistan played better than New Zealand. I really thought they would make it but the net run rate is a cruel thing.”