The winner of the cricket World Cup will not be known till Sunday, but Indian astrologers are already dusting their almanacs and busy doing celestial calculations to predict India's fate.
First, there is the category of astrologers who insist that the planetary positions are favouring
India. Their opponents, however, are sceptical because skipper Sourav Ganguly's own astral disposition is presently ominous.
"After making all the calculations, I've come to the conclusion, India has the best chance of lifting the World Cup. Ninety five percent chance," asserts Jogacharya Sri Kalpataru, known to run a brisk fortune-telling business here.
He says if Australia, with its five percent chance of winning the Cup, goes on to become the champion, "then it will be a very big shock, an accident".
Popular astrologer Priyanka, however, doesn't have a pleasant prediction. "I would have been happy if I could say Sourav Ganguly is winning. But, that is not so."
Gautam Jyotirvinod, another soothsayer, says: "The result will depend on the planetary positions of the two finalist countries Sunday and that of the two captains as well. So, it would be wrong to make a prediction now."
None of the astrologers, however, seem to have any doubt about India's entry into the final. India plays Kenya in the first semi-final Tuesday. Australia takes on Sri Lanka in the other semi-final Thursday.
"India will have to really play very hard to win. It's going to be a very tight one, a cliff-hanger may be," Sri Kalpataru, the electrical engineer-turned-astrologer, says with an enigmatic smile.
Khanapriya, a well-known astrologer, says Sachin Tendulkar has been performing consistently well because he is passing through "a purple patch".
Khanapriya promises: "He will continue the good form in the final as well."
But, she cautions that Ganguly would not be able to perform well either with the bat or the ball Sunday.
A superstitious Ganguly has already confessed that he is given to sporting talismans. The skipper has also shown interest in feng shui and numerology.
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