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Astrologer blames faulty prediction on incorrect details furnished by players

"Many Pakistani players' recorded birth details are not right," astrologer Greenstone Lobo said.

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When India qualified for the final of the ICC Champions Trophy and were scheduled to play arch-rivals Pakistan, fans were certain the Men in Blue would win. As has been the leitmotif of any cricket match that involves India, a hype was created about ‘how badly’ Pakistan would lose to their superior cricketing neighbours. Amidst the frenzy, even astrologers jumped into the thick of things, predicting an Indian victory in the final at The Oval.

One particular astrologer who goes by the name of Greenstone Lobo foretold India’s victory based on his readings of birth charts of the two team captains and the key players in either team. According to his ‘expert analysis’, Lobo proclaimed that the position of the stars was in favour of Team India. As a result, it was only logical that Virat Kohli’s boys would once again don the white blazers and hold the trophy.

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Possible inaccuracies in birth dates

But lo and behold, Pakistan thrashed India by as many as 180 runs to lift the Champions Trophy on Sunday. Coming back to the astrologer, he began his very own blame games. He now says that his prediction was flawed because of possible inaccuracies in the birth dates of Pakistani players.

“Many Pakistani players’ recorded birth details are not right. Even in 2009, I did not expect Pakistan to win. After the victory, the then captain Younis Khan announced that he would retire from T20 cricket as he was over 35 years old. But according to the official data, he was just 33 then. This time too, I think some players’ birth dates may have been incorrect,” Lobo was quoted as saying to Deccan Chronicle.

On the other hand, the renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla had also predicted that India would triumph in the final. He had authoritatively said before the match, “I will say only in one word that India will win.” Alas Mr. Daruwalla, you were horribly wrong.

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