Fans must have heard the old term ‘commentators curse’ across every sport around the globe. In simple words, it means whenever commentators praise a particular player, something bad happens to them. The same thing was witnessed in the Super 12 game of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022 between England and Sri Lanka. Apparently, in the 18th over of the game, Hindi commentator Aakash Chopra praised Sam Curran’s batting.
As it turned out, the left-hander was caught at deep fine leg on the very next ball. After the incident, Chopra and his fellow commenter, Harbhajan Singh was heard laughing after the wicket. Before the wicket, the latter mentioned how Chopra’s praise turn out to be a curse for the players. Talking about the incident, it happened in the last ball of the 18th over.
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Talking about the game, the England vs Sri Lanka game was an important one for the Three Lions and Australia. Sri Lanka was already eliminated from the semis race. However, their win could have favored Australia as the defending champions would have qualified. Batting first, the 2014 winners could only manage 141/8 despite Pathum Nissanka’s half-century. The rest of the batting derailed on a crumbling wicket.
In reply, the 2010 winners had a great start as they scored 75 runs in 7.2 overs. However, just like Sri Lanka, they also crumbled after the ball got older and softer. However, veteran all-rounder, Ben Stokes stood up to the occasion and shepherd the chase alongside the likes of Sam Curran and Chris Woakes. The team won the game by four wickets and qualified for the semis alongside New Zealand from Group One. With this, Australia’s dream of defending the title has gone to the Ashes.
New Zealand and England are likely to be joined by India and South Africa. If things go the other way, Pakistan could join England and New Zealand and either India or South Africa could miss out which is highly unlikely.