India will be locking horns against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The fans were earlier deprived of a contest between these two teams in the league stages as the match was washed away due to rain.
This contest will also bring back some of the old memories back as the captains of both sides Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will be leading their respective teams in yet another World Cup semi-final.
Yes, you have heard it right. Both Kohli and Williamson had faced each other in the U-19 World Cup semi-final back in 2008 which India went on to win. At the same time, he also laughed when he was reminded that he had picked up Kane's wicket.
"I got Kane's wicket? Did I? Huh? I don't know if that can happen again now."
When asked about the bowling options, skipper Kohli jokingly said that even he can ball and that he was confident of getting the prized wicket of his Kiwi counterpart Kane Williamson.
"I got Kane out. I can bowl anytime. I'm quite lethal, as long as I don't slip on the pitch."
Kohli and Willamson both made their way into national teams after promising performances in their U-19 teams.
Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee who are in the current squads were also part of the squad in the U-19 semis. Kohli who was the Man of the Match that match also took Kane Willamson’s wicket.
India U-19 went on to win that semi-final and eventually the U-19 World Cup in 2008.
It remains to be seen whether history will be repeated this time around as well.
Coming to the present. Virat Kohli and men have been phenomenal with all departments firing full cylinders under the leadership whereas Kiwis’ skipper, Kane Willamson has led his team from the front.
This semi-final is special as the Black Caps are in the World Cup semi-finals for the eighth time while the Men in Blue in their seventh.