India eyes fifth Under 19 World Cup title and new talent

Georgetown, January 14 (agency) Record 4-time champions India will be looking to find new talent while maintaining their stellar record as they go into their first match of the Under-19 World Cup against South Africa on Saturday. Good performances will be expected from Harnoor Singh, Rajvardhan Hungergekar, skipper Yash Dhull and Ravi Kumar, who have so far proved their mettle in the previous tournaments. The Indian team arrived here after winning the Asia Cup and defeating West Indies and Australia in the warm-up matches. The Indian team, the most successful team in the history of the tournament, reached the finals in the last three seasons. No player from the Indian team, which lost in the final against Bangladesh two years ago, made it to the senior team. Now it remains to be seen whether any of the Under 19 team of 2022 can do this feat. The current team does not have the talent of Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill (2018 batch) but some players have grabbed the attention. There are a lot of expectations from the Jalandhar-born left-handed opener Harnoor. Last time Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a lot of runs in this tournament. Harnoor scored 251 runs in five matches in the Asia Cup and scored an unbeaten 100 in the warm-up match against Australia on 11 January. Right arm fast bowler Hungergekar has played senior cricket for Maharashtra. In the Asia Cup, he impressed with his pace and took eight wickets. Left-arm pacer Ravi Kumar took four wickets against Australia. Captain Dhul is counted among the very talented batsmen in Delhi cricket. He could not do any wonders in the Asia Cup, but scored half-centuries in both the warm-up matches here. All-rounder Raj Bawa is a right arm medium pacer and a fine batsman who is a very useful member of the team.

Teams :

India: Yash Dhul (Captain), Harnoor Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, SK Rashid, Nishant Sindhu, Siddharth Yadav, Anishwar Gautam, Dinesh Bana, Aaradhya Yadav, Raj Angad Bawa, Manav Parakh, Kushal Tambe, Rajvardhan Hungargekar, Vasu Vats, Vicky Ostwal , Ravi Kumar, Garv Sangwan.

South Africa :

George Van Heerden (Captain), Liam Alder, Matthew Bost, Dewald Brevis, Michael Copeland, Ethan Cunningham, Valentine Kitime, Vena Mafaka, Gerhard Marie, Fivey Mayanda, Andile Simelane, Jade Smith, Kaden Solomons, Joshua Stephenson, Asakhe Tshaka.

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