ICC World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar has his say on Virat Kohli and team’s future in World Cup
India take on New Zealand in the semi-finals while hosts England will play New Zealand. The final will be played at Lord’s on Sunday, July 14.Updated: Jul 08, 2019 08:24 IST
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar wants India to win the World Cup, so that the trophy comes back to the subcontinent. India, led by Virat Kohli, has been a dominant force in the World Cup so far, and have won seven out of the eight games in the league stage. Virat Kohli and Co. will take on the same opponent in the semifinal in Manchester on Tuesday. “New Zealand can’t take pressure. I hope they don’t choke this time. But I really want the World Cup to stay in the subcontinent and I think, I will back India all the way,” Akhtar said in his Youtube channel.
It was all about Rohit Sharma’s record breaking fifth hundred at Leeds against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Rohit hit a crisp 103 to help India thrash the Lankans by seven wickets in their final group game to finish with 15 points from 9 games.
Rohit hit the drives, flicks, cuts and pulls with equal elan to register his fifth hundred of the ongoing World Cup -- the most by any batsman in a single edition -- bettering the record set by former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara in the 2015 World Cup.
“Rohit Sharma has great timing and shot selection. His understanding of the game is also superb. K.L. Rahul also got his ton which is a good thing,” added Akhtar.
Rahul scored 111 to get his maiden World Cup hundred.
Akhtar opined that the net run rate is a cruel thing and Pakistan played better cricket than the Kiwis but failed to go through on this count.
“Pakistan played better than New Zealand. I really thought they would make it but the net run rate is a cruel thing.”
Pakistan finished fifth on 11 points, same as New Zealand, but lost out on inferior net run rate. In 2015, Australia beat New Zealand to win the Cup.
(With IANS inputs)