Mirpur: A formidable India U-19 team coached by the legendary Rahul Dravid start as overwhelming favourites against minnows Ireland in their opening Group ‘D’ league match of the ICC U-19 World Cup, here on Wednesday.
Being three-time champions, the tournament has always helped India unearth raw talent who have gone on to become big stars in the future. Whether it is Yuvraj Singh or India’s current No.1 batsman Virat Kohli, India have been lucky in terms of tapping quality talent from the tournament.
It’s no different this time round as the likes of Ishan Kishan, Risabh Pant, Avesh Khan would like to showcase their talent under the able guidance of Dravid, in an event which is widely televised.
The absence of Australia, who pulled out citing security reasons, increase India’s chances by manifold as the cricket-crazy nation always has had a fair chance in the age-group events.
The strength of the Indian team can be gauged by the fact that five of their players have already played first-class cricket and one has played T20 cricket for the senior state team.
Among the lot, Sarfaraz Khan is already a household name, courtesy his exploits for RCB in IPL....