On Friday, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal toyed with Pakistan to give India a 2-0 lead.
Pakistan missed their more experienced players as a lot of them pulled out, protesting against shifting of the matches to a neutral venue. "I went with the mentality that I want to win this match 6-0, 6-0, but (Rehman) did play well in a few of the games, so I have to give it to him".
The apparent gap in experience and class between the Indian outfit competing against Pakistan in the Group 1 tie in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan has manifested in the way world no 176 Ramkumar Ramanathan and world no 131 Sumit Nagal stormed past their unranked 17-year-old opponents. We are happy with 2-0 on the first day.
Twice he pushed Nagal to deuce factors within the second sport of the second set and eventually put Pakistan on board by holding the third sport after squandering 4 sport factors. However, it just delayed the inevitable as Nagal wrapped up the match in the eighth game.
Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) while respecting the stand of the senior players directed the PTF Executive Committee to nominate three best juniors for the tie.
AITA had to go on and announce a depleted squad with only a couple of big players, including Leander Paes.
"Tomorrow's it's going to be pretty similar (scoreline)", said Nagal. India's non-playing captain Rohit Rajpal too was pleased with the performance.
"It is a fantastic day for India". The second match was little tighter and tough, though it looked simple. On the second day of the tie on Saturday, Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan will take on the combination of Shoaib and Huzaifa before the reverse singles are played. A win on Saturday will stretch Paes' document for many variety of doubles wins in Davis Cup historical past. He is leading the chart with 43 wins. It will be a learning experience for Pakistan's junior players, who will lead their country's challenge in the tie, the victor of which will travel to Croatia in March 2020 for the World Group Qualifiers.