Shoaib Akhtar Backs India To Win: ICC Cricket World Cup is now in its last week. The knockout stage is set with India-New Zealand semifinal game in Manchester and Australia-England game in Birmingham
Pakistan’s former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has shown admiration for team India after their win against Sri Lanka in Leeds. The pacer has backed team India to win the tournament. Shoaib Akhtar said on his YouTube channel that he would be happy if an Asian team would lift this Cup. I
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The fast bowler said that New Zealand is not as able as other teams to hold their nerve in big games. The history also suggests the same story. New Zealand has played 7 semifinals and have won just once, back in 2015, when they beat South Africa at their home soil.
Shoaib also added, “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.”
Shoaib also appreciated KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. Both got the centuries against Sri Lanka. Rohit is now the leading run scorer in this World Cup with 647 runs at an average of 92.42. He scored record 5 hundreds in this tournament.
Shoaib Akhtar said, “Rohit Sharma has great timing and shot selection. His understanding of the game is also superb. KL Rahul also got his ton which is a good thing.”
India are favourites to win this world cup. If they reach the final, the final would be a thriller.
Shoaib was the one who criticised India on their defeat against England for not showing enough intent. Later, Pakistan were knocked out from the semifinal race after finishing 5th in the points table.