Even arch rival Pakistan prays for India’s victory against S Africa

SportsEven arch rival Pakistan prays for India’s victory against S Africa

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Pakistan is playing their next match against the Netherlands. If they win and if India defeats South Africa on Sunday, Pakistan remains in the T20 World Cup tournament. If they lose to the Netherlands, they will be out of the contest. Pakistan has not yet won a single match in the T20 World Cup played in Australia.

Amit Bishnoi

Team India is playing a crucial match in the T-20 World Cup cricket against South Africa on Sunday, for which the Indian players are working hard. Although the match is between India and South Africa, there is a third party, keeping an eye on it. That third party is none but our neighbour and arch rival Pakistan which has already lost two matches in the tournament. The team has to win all the three matches to move ahead in the tournament, but that can happen only if India wins against South Africa. For that reason, the members of the Pakistani team and their supporters will pray for India’s victory.

It will be possible only if Pakistan wins against the Netherlands. If the Netherlands defeat the Pakistani team the way the Zimbabwe did in their previous match, the victory of Team India against South Africa will barely have any impact on them; because, in that case, they will be out of the tournament. It may not be easy to defeat the Netherlands. The Pakistani team has yet to win a single match in a T-20 tournament played on any Australian ground since the starting of this form of World Cup. If Pakistan defeats Netherlands, it will be their first victory in a T20 match played in Australia.

Cricket is such a game that sometimes even your rival prays for your win. Otherwise also, it has become a habit of Pakistan to count on the victory or loss of other teams. It began in 1992, when the team won the World Cup, praying for the win or loss of other teams. Thus, they depend more on prayers than on their performance in the field. During the World Cup tournament played in England, the Pakistani team prayed for wins and defeats of other teams, but their prayers were not accepted. At that time, the former players of Pakistan said that the team would repeat their deeds of 1992. They said they would play the final match, despite all odds, but their hopes were dashed.

Former cricketers of Pakistan have begun to say the same thing again, although they have yet to win a single match in the current T20 World Cup. They are pinning their hopes on India. A bragger like Shoaib Akhtar could never imagine that Pakistan has to attach their aspirations for success to Team India. After all, one must not forget that father is father. A man always looks up to his father for blessings.

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