Pakistan could pull off upset in final, predicts Indian astrologer
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.