Benoni (South Africa), Feb 1 (IANS) Pakistan U-19 opener Mohammad Huraira admitted that while the India-Pakistan rivalry will be hanging heavy, he will try to play the upcoming U-19 World Cup semi-final match like any normal game.
Huraira’s match-winning knock against Afghanistan helped Pakistan secure a place in the semis where they will face India who have thus far won all their games. The clash is set to be played on Tuesday in Potchefstroom.
“The India-Pakistan rivalry has always been there. There will be a bit more pressure, but we’ll get used to it,” Huraira said in a press conference after Pakistan’s win on Friday.
“Myself, should I play, I’ll try and play it like a normal game, and we look forward to it.”
The last time Pakistan beat India in the U-19 World Cup was in 2006 in Colombo. They went on to win the tournament that year, which was their second title after 2004. India, on the other hand are the defending champions and the most succesfull team in the tournament’s history with four titles.