The most-awaited World Cup is just over two fortnights away. No surprises then that the entire cricketing fraternity is desperately waiting for the mega-event to get underway in England. The twelfth edition of the World Cup will kickstart on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa. India, on the other hand, will start their campaign against South Africa on June 5. This year’s format will see all the ten teams playing against each other once. The tour four teams will then make it to the last four.
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But ahead of the all-important World Cup, scientific astrologer Greenstone Lobo has said that India is unlikely to win the coveted trophy. While India’s advent fans would just like to see Lobo’s prediction go wrong, there are real reasons for getting worried. Lobo had rightly picked the winners of the World Cups in 2011 and 2015. He had predicted that MS Dhoni’s team and Michael Clarke’s Australia would win those two World Cups. His predictions proved right on both occasions.
“Team India won’t win World Cup this year,” Lobo said while predicting the outcome of the upcoming tournament.
Lobo released his book, ‘Howzat’, where former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar was the chief guest. Lobo said that India skipper Virat Kohli’s year of birth might come in the way of support from the stars for his biggest assignment as captain.
“Virat Kohli’s year of birth should have been 1986 or 1987 and not 1988 to feature in the top list,” Lobo said. “I called Virat’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, and explained my worry that India might not win the World Cup in 2019 if Virat was indeed born in 1988. I hoped desperately that I would get 1986 or 1987 as the real year of the Indian captain’s birth. He (Virat’s coach) remained silent for a moment before whispering a yes.”
To make matters worse, Kohli’s birth year is not the only reason which can hurt India’s chances at the World Cup. MS Dhoni is another reason which comes between India and the World Cup. This particular prediction is really bold considering Dhoni’s track record in ICC tournaments. He led India to the World T20 title in 2007, World Cup title in 2011 and the Champions Trophy glory in 2013.
“Yes, we could have won the World Cup if the team had no Dhoni,” Lobo said. “I have the utmost respect for Dhoni, the batsman. However, even though I may not like it much myself, I need to speak objectively from the perspective of an Indian astrologer and I can see that Dhoni’s presence in the 2019 Indian squad could well rob India’s another great chance to win a World Cup,” he says. “Dhoni always had the kismet (luck) but now is not his waqt (time).”
Well, the Men in Blue will be desperate to prove Lobo’s predictions wrong. India is one of the favorites for the competition and they will be looking to justify their tag.