An India-Pakistan contest is always a nerve-wracking affair, no matter when and where it comes about. And if the archrivals face-off in the World Cup semi-final, pressure could be just too much to handle for the players.
Pakistan players are, however, looking calm and confident, betraying no sense of anxiety during the build-up to the contest that, to many, could matter more than the final.
Mohammad Hafeez, man of the match against the West Indies, declared they weren't bothered by history and were taking one match at a time. "The past is history. Even Australia were unbeaten for several years before they lost to us and India. As I said, we are not thinking about the past," said Hafeez. The record, at least in the World Cup, is loaded against Pakistan, with India winning all four encounters they have had in the mega event. Brushing it aside, Hafeez said a chance to prove that cricket is still alive in Pakistan is an added incentive for them to do well. "For the last 6-7 months, we have been following a simple strategy - to put in our best performance and not to think of anything else."