From rival fans going against the opposition team to supporting them in crucial situations just because that their team wouldn’t get knocked out, the game of cricket is getting more and more interesting and thrilling as games progress.
After a terrible start to the World Cup campaign, Pakistan slowly gained some momentum after beating New Zealand in their recent encounter. With this win, Pakistan have an outside chance of making it into the semi-finals of the tournament.
If they managed to pull off a win their next two matches against the opposition teams- Afghanistan and Bangladesh respectively, they could seal a last-four berth, based on other team results.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who has been quite expressive of late since the launch of his youtube channel has now appealed to India to help Pakistan in qualify for the semis.
“Now India will have to help Pakistan! How? If they win their one match against England, then England is knocked out of the tournament and Pakistan will qualify for the semifinals with 11 points,” Shoaib said.
“I feel that Pakistan has made a good comeback – but now, India: wake up! Now you’ll have to help us. Defeat England, and we’ll win our two matches so we can face you in the semifinals and defeat you there!” the fast bowler said.
So even if the hosts’ nation England manage to win against India, a loss against New Zealand could see them being knocked out of the ongoing World Cup.
Akhtar went on to add saying that this tournament is getting interesting with all the ingredients to amass the cricket fans at the best scene.
“It has become an interesting tournament – spooky, identical world cup, but Pakistan are well on their way to make it to the semifinals. Never, ever corner the Pakistan team, because when they are cornered, they come back and hurt you, and they strike you down,” Shoaib said.
“Remember what I had said before, all is not lost, there is still hope – but it takes a little time for Pakistan to wake up. That’s the thing with Pakistan: we have to push them, be strict with them, give them a few shocks, to wake them up. But now they have risen, at the right time, and at the right opportunity,” Shoaib added in a statement.