The Indian tennis team, on a historic tour to Pakistan, will take on the hosts in the Davis Cup 2024 Group 1 play-off tie on February 3 and 4 at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad.
The five matches of the India vs Pakistan Davis Cup tennis tie will be live streamed in India.
India entered the World Group 1 play-offs after beating Morocco 4-1 in the World Group II play-off at the Vijayant Khand Mini Stadium in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, last September.
A victory against Pakistan will take India into World Group I to be played in September later this year.
This is the Indian Davis Cup team‘s first visit to Pakistan since 1964. The visitors will be playing without the experience of 43-year-old Rohan Bopanna, who bid farewell to Davis Cup tennis last year.
Sumit Nagal, India’s best-ranked singles tennis player at world No. 121, has also pulled out of the Davis Cup encounter against Pakistan citing personal reasons.
India’s singles challenge will be led by Ramkumar Ramanathan, 461st in the world tennis rankings, on Saturday. Sriram Balaji has been handed over the responsibility to play the second singles match for India.
Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni will pair up to take on Pakistan’s doubles team.
For Pakistan, Muzammil Murtaza is the best-ranked singles player at world No. 1681.
Meanwhile, India coach Zeeshan Ali will double up as the captain of the side after Rohit Rajpal withdrew from the tie citing personal reasons.
Indian Davis Cup 2024 team
Players: Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sriram Balaji, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni, Nikki K Poonacha
Captain / Coach: Zeeshan Ali
Pakistan Davis Cup 2024 tennis team
Players: Muzammil Murtaza, Aqeel Khan, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, Barkatullah, Muhammad Shoaib
Captain: Muhammad Abid
On Saturday, Ramkumar Ramanathan will take on the experienced, but unranked, 33-year-old Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in the opening rubber. Sriram Balaji will play Aqeel Khan.
In Sunday’s doubles encounter, Yuki Bhambri will partner Saketh Myneni against Muzammil Murtaza and Barkatullah. This will be followed by reverse singles. India leads the Davis Cup head-to-head against Pakistan 7-0.
Davis Cup 2024: India vs Pakistan tennis schedule
All in Indian Standard Time (IST)
February 3, Saturday
- First singles – Ramkumar Ramanathan (India) vs Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) – 11:30 AM onwards
- Second singles – Sriram Balaji (India) vs Aqeel Khan (Pakistan) – after first singles match
February 4, Sunday
- Doubles- Yuki Bhambri/Sakesh Myneni (India) vs Muzammil MurtazaBarkatullah (Pakistan) – 11:30 AM
- Reverse singles – Ramkumar Ramanathan (India) vs Aqeel Khan (Pakistan) – starts after the doubles match.
- Reverse singles – Sriram Balaji (India) vs Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) – starts after first reverse singles match.
Where to watch India vs Pakistan Davis Cup 2024 tennis tie live
Live streaming of the India vs Pakistan Davis Cup 2024 tennis will be available on Tennis Channel and can be seen throughout India on Samsung TV+. The IND vs PAK Davis Cup tie will not be telecast live on any TV channels in India.