Sports Cricket 28 Jan 2016 U-19 World Cup: Indi ...

U-19 World Cup: Indian colts ready for Irish challenge

PTI
Published Jan 28, 2016, 1:38 am IST
Updated Jan 28, 2016, 1:38 am IST
Being three-time champions, the tournament has always helped India unearth raw talent who have gone on to become big stars in the future.
Avesh Khan
 Avesh Khan

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.

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