U19 World Cup: our boys would do well against Pakistan, says Zaheer Khan

MUMBAI: former sprinter from India Zaheer Khan He hopes that the talented group of young people from India will bring their game A to the forefront against the arch-rival Pakistan in the ICC U19 World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

India has defeated Australia by 74 races in its quarterfinals, while Pakistan beat Afghanistan in other quarterfinals.

Well, U19 children are doing very well. They have been in some difficult situations and have fought from there, so that is very useful in a tournament like (the) World Cup, when you compete against different nations, Zaheer said.

When talking about parties (India) and Pakistan that also provide an additional advantage to the entire competition. So I'm sure the boys will be prepared for the big occasion and they will do well, Zaheer said at the National. Cricket Club here.

I was talking after interacting with the children, who are playing the 'MI Junior 2020', a cricket tournament between schools, organized by four-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians.

He also had words of praise for Yashashvi Jaiswal, who has been giving constant beginnings to the India-U19 team, which will face Pakistan in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

He (Jaiswal) has been doing well. In the national competition of ODI has also had that impact. So, I wish him all the luck and (he) has the potential and right now (he is) serving for the U19 Indian team.

So, the team needs that (its services). It's about the team joining and if you can provoke it with a good start, nothing like that ..., said Zaheer about Mumbai's boy, Jaiswal.

The next Indo-Pak contest also brought back memories for Zaheer, who first played in Pakistan at the 2003 World Cup, held by coincidence in South Africa.

For me, the World Cup, both in 2003 and 2011, is something very special in terms of winning those matches and 2003 was the first time I played against Pakistan on an international stage, so it was more memorable for me in terms of understand how it goes in a match of that magnitude ... said Zaheer while traveling along the memory lane.

He also wished the best to the Indian women's team, which will participate in the T20 World Cup.

They have been doing fantastically well. They have been excellent with whatever opportunity they have, so World is another opportunity for them to go out and inspire girls in our country, he said.

In the program, he said: It is always good to interact with children. I feel that the basic structure is important and MI Junior is an effort in that direction. We started in one city and now it is spreading to a couple of more cities.