Pak­istan could pull off up­set in fi­nal, pre­dicts In­dian as­trologer

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The rub of the green might just go against MS Dhoni's boys if it comes to a fi­nal show­down be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia, says an In­dian "sci­en­tific as­trologer".

Hav­ing based their hopes on cur­rent form, the home-ad­van­tage fac­tor and head-to-head World Cup his­tory in­volv­ing In­dia and Pak­istan, In­dian fans might like to be­lieve oth­er­wise.

But as­trologer Green­stone Lobo, who says his anal­y­sis is re­search-based and sci­en­tific and who calls him­self a "sci­en­tific as­trologer", pre­dicts In­dia will not win the World T20 this time.

The rea­son: Dhoni's stars are not favourable. In a signed col­umn on Fri­day in Ananda Bazar Pa­trika, a lead­ing Ben­gali daily from Kolkata, Lobo in fact men­tions Pak­istan as the likely Cup win­ners - should they man­age to reach the fi­nal. He does not an­a­lyse Shahid Afridi's stars, and a note in the bot­tom of the ar­ti­cle says prospects of the other teams and cap­tains will fol­low in the com­ing days. But of this Lobo is sure - Dhoni's cos­mic luck has run out as far as "big events" are con­cerned.

Lobo says the Planet X, or as­ter­oid 2007 RH283 - ap­par­ently an im­por­tant star astro­log­i­cally - falls in Dhoni's 10th house of the cos­mic chart, which im­plies loss.

Ac­cord­ing to him, a skip­per may win a "few smaller events" when he en­ters a lean patch astro­log­i­cally, but not the big ones.

To but­tress his the­ory, Lobo men­tions a bag­ful of "smaller" wins for Dhoni af­ter the World Cup 2011 - the 2013 Cham­pi­ons tro­phy, the 2013 Cham­pi­ons League for Chen­nai Su­per Kings, the his­toric 3-0 whitewash of the Aus­tralians in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary and more re­cently, the 2016 Asia Cup.

Pak­istan skip­per Shahid Afridi while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Kolkata on Sun­day said the Pak­istani cricket team was phys­i­cally and men­tally pre­pared to play in In­dia de­spite the de­lay in ar­rival, ANI re­ported.

"In­ter­na­tional cricket is all about pres­sure. The team that han­dles pres­sure the best wins," he said. The Pak­istan team ar­rived in Kolkata on Sat ur­day evening amid tight sec urity to take part in the World Twenty20 cham­pi­onship, end­ing days of un­cer­tainty over their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour­na­ment due to se­cu­rity con­cerns.

"I have en­joyed cricket in few coun­tries as much as I have en­joyed it in In­dia," Afridi said, adding that he will al­ways re­mem­ber the love In­di­ans give to the Pak­istani team.

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