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ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: Preview, India squad and all you need to know ahead of the World Cup

It’s thought of the stepping stone for the celebs of the long run and 15 teams, as well as three-time champions India, would be about to discover their Virat Kohli and Steve Smiths once the ICC Under-19 tournament starts off here on Saturday.From Kohli to Smith, most modern greats have learned the ropes within the biennial event, that has gained significance with each passing edition.The tournament’s stature has up to such an extent that an excellent like Rahul Dravid, the present India U-19 coach, would like to have been a part of it back in the day. “We never compete for this tournament in my day. once 1988 they didn’t hold the tournament for 10 years, therefore I’ve no exposure of enjoying and being a part of this tournament. I tell lots of those boys that I feel it’s a terrific chance for them to be a vicinity of this tournament,” Dravid had same within the lead up to the event.

The event begins on Saturday with Pakistan taking over Afghanistan, and hosts New Zealand facing ruling champions West Indies.

India, desperate to prove themselves when their fatal showing within the Asia Cup, open their campaign against Australia at bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.

A countless variety of U-19 players have gone on to represent their countries at the best level. every edition finds tons of talent and makes them long stars, be it Rishabh Pant or Alzaari Joseph from the previous edition in 2016 once three-time champions India lost the ultimate to the West Indies.

 The India captain Prithvi Shaw and teammate Shubham Gill, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi, Australia captain Jason Sangha, Afghanistan batting sensation Baheer Shah, all of them get in the event once creating a mark on the domestic circuit back home.

The sensational performances of Baheer Shah too have created an atmosphere of excitement and activity. The 17-year-old averages a staggering 121.77 in his seven-match first-class career, beating even the legendary Donald Bradman (95.14)

The daring feat. of India captain are well-documented. once grabbing headlines together with his performance in junior cricket, Shaw has graduated to the higher-level therefore seamlessly that he continuously belonged there. Therefore, it had been not a surprise that he hit a match-winning hundred on Ranji Trophy debut twelve months ago.

The 22-day tournament, featuring 16 teams and competing across seven venues within the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga, and Whangarei, can see 20 matches being broadcast live.

Adding to the tournament flavor are the sons of Steve Waugh and Makhya Ntini – Austin and Thando – who are turning up for Australia and South African respectively. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland’s son can is additionally within the national squad.With the IPL auction around the corner, there’s every chance that a millionaire may from the U-19 World Cup, similar to Pant had a bagged Rs 1.9 crore contend with Delhi Daredevils once his stellar showing in Bangla Desh.

 Squads:

India: Prithvi Shaw (C), Shubman Gill, Aryan Juyal, Abhishek Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Harvik Desai, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pankaj Yadav, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel, Himanshu Rana, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh.

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