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India Underneath-19s start WC preparations beneath the watchful eye of Dravid

With the Beneath-19 World Cup scheduled in Bangladesh in January, it is time for India’s ‘GenNext’ to prepare for the best problem in worldwide cricket. The street to World Cup begins in Kolkata the place India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will lock horns in a tri-collection starting on the Jadavpur College’s Salt Lake campus floor on Friday (November 20).

The One-day collection might be held in a spherical-robin format with every group enjoying the opposite twice with the highest two sides locking horns within the ultimate on November 29. Nevertheless, greater than profitable the event, the groups look extra wanting to set their home so as earlier than the World Cup.

Abhay Sharma, the Indian fielding coach, stated that they’re planning to offer all of the 20 boys within the squad a recreation. “Typically it’s a must to lose a battle to win the conflict,” he stated indicating that the actual focus is on the World Cup.

India may additionally rotate the captaincy between Ricky Bhui and Virat Singh. Ricky performed a captain’s knock of 142 off simply 117 balls towards India Inexperienced to information India Blue to the title within the inaugural version of the U-19 Challenger Collection in Pune final month. He additionally scored his maiden first-class century for Andhra within the Ranji Trophy earlier this season towards Mumbai.

Jharkhand left-hander Virat Singh, who lately led India Inexperienced within the Challenger collection, too has been scoring closely in home cricket.

The squad additionally boasts promising Delhi wicketkeeper and left-handed batsman Rishabh Pant, who led India Purple, and medium pacers Avesh Khan (Madhya Pradesh) and Shubham Mavi (Uttar Pradesh) and batsmen Amandeep Khare and Anmolpreet Singh of Punjab.

The main target may also be on the promising Sarfaraz Khan because the hosts open their marketing campaign on Friday towards Bangladesh colts who’ve executed properly on the worldwide circuit in current occasions. They defeated Sri Lanka three-2 in Lanka, beat South Africa 5-2 in South Africa and 6-1 at residence and thrashed Zimbabwe four-zero in Bangladesh earlier this month.

Bangladesh’s massive benefit is that the majority of their boys have been enjoying collectively for a while now. “We’ve eight-10 boys who’ve been enjoying collectively since 2010 – because the U-15 days,” skipper Mehedy Hasan Miraz, a batsman who may also bowl off-spin, stated.

Afghanistan colts too emerged victorious of their final worldwide tourna ment in Malaysia this yr which featured groups like Saudi Arabia, Nepal and others aside from the hosts.

Indian colts, however, lack worldwide publicity, however in coach Rahul Dravid they’ve somebody who has a great deal of expertise. “It is a complete studying course of for us as he provides worth to each facet of our recreation,” skipper Bhui stated about Dravid’s contribution.

Sharma too stated that Rahul has some particular imaginative and prescient for these boys and is working exhausting on that. “He’s a down-to-earth individual and provides particular person significance to every participant,” Sharma added.

The stage is thus set for the colts to rise and shine earlier than getting on to the world stage.

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