India head into Tuesday’s Under 19 World Cup semi-final in opposition to Pakistan in Pochefstroom as slight favourites however cricket matches between these two sides are seldom simple.
“When you talk about India-Pakistan (matches) that brings out an extra edge to the whole competition,” stated former India Test participant Zaheer Khan in the Indian media.
“I am sure the boys will be geared up for the big occasion and they will do well.”
With political relations on a knife-edge, there was no Test sequence between the 2 international locations since 2007/2008 and no white ball sequence since 2012/2013.
The solely time they’ve come collectively of late is at worldwide tournaments.
In 2019, they met at Old Trafford in the course of the ODI World Cup in England – Rohit Sharma’s 140 making certain a snug India win.
And now it’s the flip of the children, the longer term stars of worldwide cricket, to go up in opposition to one another in South Africa’s North West province, near to the Mooi river.
The Indians received their group beating New Zealand and Japan in the method earlier than going on to hammer Australia by 74 runs in the quarter-last.
Pakistan’s group match in opposition to Bangladesh — who meet New Zealand in the second semi-final on Thursday — was deserted with Bangladesh in determined bother at 106 for 9. The Pakistanis beat Scotland and Zimbabwe to arrange a quater-last with Afghanistan.
That was one other comfy win in spite of the twitter storm over Afghan spinner Noor Ahmed operating out Muhammad Huraira when he marginally backed up too far on the bowler’s finish.
The Indian quartet Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi, Akash Singh and Kartik Tyagi have already discovered their method into the IPL, every of them making necessary contributions in South Africa.
“In this World Cup, I bowled very well in the first game but got no wickets,” quick bowler Tyagi, whose 4 for 24 did for Australia in the final spherical, informed Cricinfo.
“Then the subsequent two video games, I bowled poorly however I took wickets. And lastly, in opposition to Australia, I bowled nicely and acquired rewarded for them.
“Ups and downs are the realities of life, so I’ve stopped fascinated about the wickets column. I’ve simply been focusing on the method.”
For all of the gamers at this World Cup, there stays the dream not simply of profitable however doing sufficient to start out forging knowledgeable profession in the sport.
Some massive names have trodden this path earlier than: present worldwide captains Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson all figured on the event in the previous together with a number of the greats of the current previous, gamers such as Brian Lara, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle and Steven Smith.
The stage in Potchefstoom is ready to see who if any younger Indians or Pakistanis are more likely to be part of this elite band in the last decade forward.