Benoni: The 17-year-old Mohammad Huraira is now eager to repeat quarter-final performance against the arch-rivals India in the semi-final of ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in Potchefstroom.
Huraira, who scored 64 runs off 76 balls to help Pakistan beat Afghanistan by six wickets knows that India and Pakistan rivalry has always been the most talking points of the world cricket but absorbing pressure in such a big game is the only way to go.
“India-Pakistan rivalry has been great from start, there is a bit pressure leading up to the crunch contest but I will try to overcome and play just like today,” Huraira said in a post-match presser after the match.
Debutant thanked the coaches who gave a lot of support in his first match at this stage. “Coaches, support staff gave me lots of encouragement and I had also an inner self believe that whenever I will be awarded a chance, I will look to give my best and eventually it happened today,” he said.
The nephew of all-rounder Shoaib Malik appreciated the Afghanistan bowling team as they have been bowling greatly in the tournament.
“Hats off to Afghan team, the way they bowled especially the spinners but we were told to respect them and rotate the strike,” he maintained.
“But we were quick to pound on bad balls as they got a little bit wayward in their lengths when they were looking to go for wickets,” he added.
He got out because of mankad dismissal but he is not angry and will try to make sure in the future that it does not happen again.
“A bit bitter experience but I will try to learn from it as I should have been in the crease and will ensure that it won’t happen again in the future,”
He concluded by thanking the crowd who came in good numbers today and also the people who were watching on their tv screens. He is hoping that the team will receive the same kind of support in the match against India.
It must be noted that Pakistan U19 defeated Afghanistan where Huraira was the hero of the match. Pakistani bowling attack also dominated and restricted Afghanistan for 189 runs.
Mohammad Amir Khan was the highest wicket-taker with three wickets while Fahad Munir bagged two wickets for 29 runs. Tahir Hussain, Abbas Afridi, Aamir Ali, and Qasim Akram shared a wicket apiece.
Pakistan will now lock horns with arch-rivals India in the first semi-final of the event on February 4. The second semi-final of the event is scheduled between New Zealand and Bangladesh on February 6.