The huge mismatch in the standings between the two sides and the 500-capacity venue highlighted the Indian team’s rare tour of Pakistan. While the most eye-catching aspect of this encounter may be the poor sporting relationship between the two countries, India will be hoping to take advantage of their position as strong favorites to return to World Group A.
After tough ties against Casper Ruud’s Norway and Holger Rohn’s Denmark, India find themselves in the humbling position of being demoted to World Group II, but are positive against lower-ranked Morocco on home soil and now Pakistan away from home. The relationship should just be given to them. He. Opportunity to return to a department.
The Indian team does not include Sumit Nagal, who took a confidence boost in the second round of the Australian Open, or Shasikumar Mukund. They will be led by world number 461 Ramkumar Ramanathan and N Sriram Balaji, who played last time out. Professional singles match in October 2022.
Nevertheless, the historic mismatch between the two teams – India has always been better than Pakistan in the Davis Cup, having won each of their last seven meetings – may continue. The highest ranked Pakistani player will be 24-year-old Muzammil Mortaza, who is currently ranked world number 1681.
The last encounter between the two was a 4-0 defeat at a neutral venue in Kazakhstan in 2019 – and India’s multiple requests for the same have been rejected this time. However, in protest of taking the match away from Pakistan, the team’s top stars, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Akil Khan, decided not to compete five years ago. They will be leading the challenge on their home ground this year as well. are doing. weekend.
Despite not featuring in the ATP rankings as Friday’s draw revealed, Qureshi (43) and Khan (44) will face Ramkumar and Balaji in the singles matches on Saturday. Yuki Bhambri will team up with Saketh Myneni to play the doubles match against Mortaza and Barkatullah on Sunday.
Ramkumar is the only player of the four who still plays full-time singles professionally, and he also specializes in grass. One of the few remaining Indian players who still has an effective serve and volleyer, the best result of Ramkumar’s career was reaching the final of an ATP 250 tournament on grass in 2018. His presence gives India an edge on paper.
The Pakistani giants will be hoping to use their grass-court experience to pull off an upset in the second singles on Saturday, and perhaps, if they can force it, in the second singles on Sunday, especially since they are high-seeded. Cannot rely on domestic support. With only 500 spectators in attendance. Due to security measures.
Balaji was selected in place of India’s former No. 1, now full-time doubles specialist, Bhambri and Nikki Punacha, and it seems the decision was in keeping with the faster, less bouncy grass courts at the Islamabad Sports Complex. May be suitable for. For making. This was during their preparation camp in New Delhi last week.
In the absence of Rohit Rajpal, India coach and captain Zeeshan Ali believes that his players do not need any extra motivation. “The mood is upbeat and we are well prepared after the week we spent in the camp in Delhi,” he told The Indian Express from Islamabad earlier this week. I want to mention that we have a task to complete here, and the players understand the significance of representing India in the Davis Cup.