India faces Pakistan in the semi-final of the U19 World Cup
Before the great semi-final clash of the U-19 Indian team led by Priyam Garg against Pakistan on Tuesday, it was time for the boys to undergo other training: learn to cope with the immense pressure of the game, and also come in terms of the fairly icy relations between the two countries, and by extension the two teams, at this time.
For starters, the usual attitude of treating it as if it were just another game is missing on both sides. It has worked a lot behind the scenes. There has been talk with these guys about the impact of social networks and how to keep their minds out of that, said the U19 head coach of India. For Mhambrey I told TOI Potchefstroom on Sunday.
At a time when the reference to Pakistan causes largely negative reactions among a section of Indian Internet users, the support staff of the team has been busy conditioning young people to learn to filter the hype, hysteria and expectations in the social networks. With increasingly frosty political relations, no test series have been organized between the two countries since 2007-08 and no white ball series since 2012-13. The only time these two teams have met in a cricket field has been in ICC tournaments
There will be exaggeration. This is the biggest tournament in their lives so far. They will experience many emotions. But they have been told to balance and filter everything that is said, whether on social networks or relatives and neighbors, Mhambrey said. These are intelligent boys and have matured quickly. They know how to deal with this, said the coach.
Both teams are staying in the same hotel. Unfortunately, children on both sides have been watched, resisting sharing jokes. It is beyond your control that on Tuesday these teenagers have to be the face of the relationship between the two neighbors. For now, team management has helped them control their emotions and actions outside the field.
A team under 19 is generally meant to be an indicator of what the Indian team will look like in a few years, and according to all indications, the foals have been forming well. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has strengthened the machinery to develop its resource group, guided by Rahul Dravid , now director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Now 'Rahul Sir' for a generation of cricketers, Dravid began preselecting and working on this group of cricketers six and seven months ago.
Dravid, by the way, has expressed a lot about the overall development of a young cricket player since taking over the U19 and India 'A' teams in 2015. Having Rahul close to talk to these guys has been great help. You must keep talking to boys of this age. They have made it very clear that this is just the beginning of their cricket. They do not go to war or battle for their country. They are here to play for their team and for themselves, Mhambrey said.
India are the defending champions and their recent record against Pakistanis is a good omen. Starter Yashasvi Jaiswal has been the leading contributor to the bat, scoring three half centuries.