Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has put his weight behind India to go all the way in the World Cup. India was able to top the points table after they obliterated Sri Lanka in their last league match by seven wickets. The Men in Blue finished with 15 points after seven wins in the eight matches they played. In fact, one match against New Zealand ended in no-result.
Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar wants the World Cup to come to the subcontinent and the Indian team is the only Asian side which is still in the tournament. India has booked their semifinal meeting with New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on 9th July.
India can go all the way.
On the other hand, Shoaib Akhtar believes New Zealand is not a great side when it comes to handling the pressure. However, he is hopeful that the Kiwis will not choke in front of the Indian juggernauts.
“New Zealand can’t take the 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,” Akhtar said in his Youtube channel.
Meanwhile, Indian openers have done a great job. Rohit Sharma is in sublime form as the right-hander has scored 647 runs in the eight matches. Furthermore, KL Rahul was finally able to make the most of his start as he scored his maiden World Cup hundred against Sri Lanka.
“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,” added Akhtar.
On the other hand, Pakistan was knocked out of the World Cup. However, the Men in Green had made an inspiring comeback as they won their last four matches. But the bad Net Run rate of Pakistan came back to haunt the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side. Both Pakistan and New Zealand ended on 11 points but former’s huge defeat against West Indies did not let them recover on the Net Run rate.
“Pakistan played better than New Zealand. I really thought they would make it but the net run rate is a cruel thing.”
India will play the first semifinal against New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on 9th July.