While those who are watching the game can feel the pressure, it’s the ones who’ve been on the field know what the 22 players go through on big games like the semifinal. Member of the previous two semifinals India played in the World Cup, the victorious 2011 campaign and the unsuccessful 2015 journey, Suresh Raina conveyed his best regards to Virat Kohli and the boys to ‘bring it home’. The former Team India star predicted a ‘start-stop match’ in Manchester with the rain clouds hovering the Old Trafford, but stressed on the need for the captains to not just be on their top of their game but also to rework their strategies.
Moments before the players took to the field, Raina tweeted, “2 games away from glory & making history. Let’s do this!!With rain forecast, this could be start-stop match. Both captains will have to be on top of their games & reworking their strategies. Bring it home, #TeamIndia #INDvNZ #CWC19.”
India are seeking their third World Cup victory, after the triumphs in 1983 and 2011.
The winner of the India vs New Zealand clash will face the winner of the Australia vs England encounter for a chance to lay hands on the trophy. The final will be played at the 'Mecca of Cricket. Lord's on July 14.