Between the two senior teams, even though the semi-final is being played for the first time in the World Cup, both the teams have already taken the lead in the semi-finals of the 2008 Junior World Cup under the leadership of these two captains. After 11 years, there were 10 such coincidences in the initial round of re-contesting which will surprise you.
In the ICC World Cup semi-finals, Team India is facing New Zealand for the first time. Team India’s command is in the hands of Virat Kohli, while Kane Williamson is leading New Zealand. Between the two senior teams, even though no semi-final match is being played for the first time in the World Cup, the teams have already taken the lead in the semi-finals of the 2008 Junior World Cup under the leadership of these two captains. After 11 years, there will be 10 such coincidences in the initial round of re-contest which will surprise you.
In the semi-final of 2008 and today’s semi-final match, there are many interesting similarities that will surprise everyone. Apart from having the same captain of both teams, there are 10 other interesting similarities.
- Toss won both the semi-final and New Zealand won both the matches and the Kiwi team decided to bat first.
- The first blow to the New Zealand team that took the decision of batting first was in the fourth over. India’s first wicket in the third ball of the fourth over of the innings in the 2019 World Cup. While the wicket of the first ball of the fourth over in the World Cup in 2008 was dropped.
- New Zealand’s first wicket first dropped as an opener. In 2008, George Worker, who played the first ball of the match, was dismissed by Martin Guptill, who played the first ball in the 2019 match.
- India got the first wicket as a catch out. New Zealand’s first batsman was caught out in the 2008 and 2019 match. In 2008, Saurav Tiwary was caught by Virat Kohli in 2019.
- The first batsman to be dismissed from New Zealand did not touch the tens of figures in both matches. In 2008, George Worker scored 3 runs and Martin Guptill scored 1 in the 2019 World Cup.
- In both the semi-finals, India got the first breakthrough by a second bowler. Jaspreet Bumrah, who started bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 2019, was the first wicket to hit the team, while Ajitesh Argal, who started off with Pradeep Sangwan in 2008, first wicket shock for India.
- Both bowlers, who started bowling for India in the 2008 and 2019 World Cup, also added a Maidan over in the opening spell. In 2008, Pradeep Sangwan put the ball over Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 2019.
- In the semi-finals 4 such players are playing matches which were also under the 2008 U-19 World Cup. Two from New Zealand, then 2 players from New Zealand also play for their respective team in the 2019 World Cup after 11 years.
- Virat Kohli was the captain of Team India in the Under-19 World Cup of 2008, while New Zealand’s Ken Williamson led the team, after 11 years, both are heading their own team again. Apart from Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja was also part of that team and also became part of the team in this match. At the same time, in the Kiwi team, fast bowler Trent Bolt along with Williamson became the fourth player to play both semi-finals after 11 years.
- In addition to Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja also was part of the 2008 and 2019 World Cup team. The special thing is that Jadeja was the bowler who gave India another success in both of these matches. In 2008, when he bowled the third-order batsman M Goptill, he made it clear after eleven years later, sending Henri Nicholas (28) to the pavilion by bowl in the same manner.