World T20: India will have to overcome anxious moments against Afghanistan

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be wise in implementing new ideas and will find that his High Priestess-like instinctive plans will be quite effective © Getty Images

Tarot reader Shruti Chopra is back again with her tarot predictions! She will be there right through the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 to give readers tarot card predictions of each and every match in the championship. In the below piece, she dwells into India’s opening game against Afghanistan on Wednesday.




Afghanistan come into this game with a Six of Wand- like winning attitude. They are not just looking to play well, but a win is what they are striving for. Despite playing a balanced game and having some good ideas, they will find themselves stuck like theHanged Man and deceived by the opposition’s plans. Their batting display will show their Devil-like hunger to score runs, but their bowling will not back them up. To improve this, they will need to more realistic while implementing ideas.


Nawroz Mangal is a fighter. He will not give in to the opposition too easily and through his captaincy he will be a strong motivating factor. In his batting, he will, like the Ten of Pentacles, have a good start, but he will not be able to sustain this.

Key players


Asghar Stanikzai will not have a free-flowing innings. He will be like the Page of Swords – wayward and unsure.


Mohammad Nabi will generally have a good all-round performance, despite appearing shaky at times. He will be an important player today for his team.


Karim Sadiq will have a strong Wheel of Fortune start with the bat. Unfortunately, he will struggle to maintain this form.


Mohammad Shahzad will be ready to fight through good plans and a mature performance.


Dawlat Zadran is like the Strength card – in complete control of his bowling, even though he will be battling a negative mindset. He will thus not just have to fight the opposition, but also himself.




The Five of Swords & Pentacles shows India to be weak and carrying an apprehensive body language. But luckily for them, sense will prevail. They will pull themselves out of this through strong Ten of Cups-like team work, sheer talent and some wise thinking. Their plans will be simple and effective. They will need to be weary of their bowling as the initial phase will lack focus, though they will regain it later. Their batting too will show moments of confusion, but this too will not last long as the Chariot shows them to be a determined and a balanced unit.


Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be wise in implementing new ideas and will find that his High Priestess-like instinctive plans will be quite effective. His batting will look comfortable and will find it easy to score runs. He should be careful of not going too soft on the opposition bowling. More aggression will be the need of the hour.

Key players


Virender Sehwag will have an uneasy start, but with the World and Nine of Pentacles he will change gears into a more aggressive innings.


Virat Kohli will have a slow and steady beginning. Once he gauges the opposition, he will let loose and like the Seven of Wands look to be on top of them.



Yuvraj Singh will have some strong and positive moments, but with the Eight of Cups, he will not be able to keep it going for too long.


Zaheer Khan will bowl to the team’s needs. He will look charged, focused and with the Two of Cups – he will bowl well in tandem.


Ravichandran Ashwin like the Knight of Wands will be aggressive and highly balanced. It will be a strong day for him.

Who will win?




(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time in Delhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through – which it did! You can know more about Shruti via FacebookTwitter and her website)


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