The Super 12 stages of the 20-20 World Cup 2022 came to a close on November 6, Monday, with India, New Zealand, Pakistan and England qualifying for the semifinals. New Zealand will take on Pakistan in Sydney on Wednesday and India will take on England in Adelaide on Thursday.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akthar, an active analyst and a YouTuber today, initially expressed that India would not make the finals and that Pakistan would not even break into the semifinals, but has now changed his stance with both the teams marching on to the knockout stages. He has now expressed that he wishes to see the Men in Blue and Men in Green face off in the final on November 13 in Melbourne.
Akhtar admitted he has been proven wrong with his prediction as he thanked Netherlands for winning against South Africa, which gave Pakistan a chance to go qualify to the next round.
“They have proved me wrong. Pakistan wasn’t eliminated from the first round itself. Thanks to Netherlands,” said Akhtar on his Youtube channel.
Now it depends how India plays: Akhtar
“Badi meharbani, apka bahut shukriya. (We are grateful to you). South Africans, you have lived it up. I am not going to say this word, but you have lived it up. And you have proved it that you had the tournament on the platter, and you let it go,” he can be head saying on his Youtube channel.
“Hume apse dubara milna hai, ab depend karta hai India kaise khelna chahta hai(we want to meet you again in the final, now it depends how India plays). Ab dekhte hai Pakistan kya karta hai, ye na ho ki India wapas aa rahi hai ek flight me, dusri flight me Pakistan bhi wapas na aa rahi ho…ye na ho!”(Let’s see, how Pakistan fares. It shouldn’t be that India comes back after losing the semi-final against England with Pakistan also returning in the next flight.)