Sub-zero temperature awaits the Indian Davis Cup team as they face Pakistan in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan for Davis Cup GROUP I, ASIA/OCEANIA 1ST ROUND tie on 29-30 November 2019.
The Indian team led by non-playing Captain Rohit Rajpal will be without the service of their highest-ranked doubles player Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan. Bopanna had to pull out of the tie due to a shoulder injury while Divij was unavailable because of his wedding reception.
The team still look solid and has a wealth of experience in Leander Paes who is expected to play Doubles rubber with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. The talent of Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan will give India an added advantage in the singles.
On the other hand, Pakistan are fielding their junior players for the tie. Huzaifa Abdul Rehman and Shoaib Khan are the two 17-year olds to represent Pakistan along with Yousuf Khan and Ahmad Kamil, also teenagers who were named in Pakistan Davis Cup team.
Here are a few facts that we think you should know:
- India have a Win-Loss record of 6-0 over Pakistan in Davis Cup history.
- This will be the first time India will face Pakistan since 2006, India won that tie 3-2 in Mumbai.
- Leander currently has 43 wins in Davis Cup doubles tie, the most by any player in Davis Cup history.
- Legendary pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have the longest winning streak of 24 wins, well ahead of Peter Fleming and John McEnroe (14 wins).
India: Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Sumit Nagal, Leander Paes, Rohit Rajpal (Captain)
Pakistan: Yousaf Khalil, Muhammad Shoaib (Captain), Ahmed Kamil, Huzaifa Abdul Rehman