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Michael Vaughan predicts India’s easy win against South Africa; gets roasted on Twitter

India are bossing the game at the moment.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images for Hublot)

Michael Vaughan is a busy man on Twitter. The 44-year-old former England captain never holds himself back from expressing his thoughts irrespective of the reactions. On Wednesday, Vaughan predicted India to bag an easy win over South Africa in their opening match in Southampton in World Cup 2019. His prophecy though wasn’t liked by the Indian fans and they asked him to desist from making such forecasts.

There is though a reason for this backlash. Just like the great Pele in football whose predictions about World Cup winners never go right, Vaughan’s forecasts on winners in cricket matches often go awry. Last month, Vaughan had predicted that MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would win the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 against Mumbai Indians in the final. As it turned out, the CSK lost by one run.

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There was not much difference between India and South Africa in terms of their rankings in the ICC list but form-wise, India were a tad ahead. South Africa have lost to England and Bangladesh after getting 300-plus targets and another loss would mean they would get closer to the exit door.

On Wednesday, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat. Jasprit Bumrah was quick into action by picking up both the South African openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock cheaply. Amla returned into the side after missing the match against Bangladesh. He was hit on his helmet by England pacer Jofra Archer during the opening match at the Oval on May 30.

India have beaten South Africa only once in World Cup

India have won only once against South Africa at the World Cup and it was a 130-run win in Australia in 2015. Shikhar Dhawan scored a century on that occasion to help the Men in Blue win. Prior to that, South Africa beat India in 1992, 1999 and 2011 editions. In 1999, they had played their first match at Hove and South Africa were the winners on that occasion by four wickets.

South Africa were delivered a blow as their veteran spearhead Dale Steyn was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury and was replaced with Beuran Hendricks. The left-arm seamer though was not playing against India and Chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi replaced an injured Lungi Ngidi in the game.

Meanwhile, the fans weren’t happy with Michael Vaughan predicting the outcome of the game and the former England cricketer had to face the backlash.

Here are some of the trolls:

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