After the announcement, Indian U-19 coach Rahul Dravid said he was happy with the opportunities that the management provided to a number of players helping the selectors pick the best possible squad for the World Cup, scheduled to be held during January-February, 2016 in Bangladesh.
India stand a great chance of winning the World Cup for the fourth time as the Under-19 squad did really well in the recent tournaments they played. The Indian colts won a tournament involving Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Kolkata last month before emerging triumphant in another tri-series against England and Sri Lanka, which was held in Sri Lanka.
Though Dravid was delighted that he was able to give chances to different players and rotate the squad, he lamented the fact that he was not able to give more youngsters opportunities to showcase their talents since there were only two tournaments.
India will be playing in Group D, along with Australia, New Zealand and Nepal, which Dravid considered a ‘tough group’. Each team will play against the other teams in the group only once which makes it all the more vital for the Indian youngsters to be at their best in each of the matches.
Dravid also spoke about his experience as a coach and revealed how he learned several things about bowling that helped him see the game in a different light than when he was playing.
The India Under-19 team play their group games on January 28, January 30 and February 1 against Australia Under-19, New Zealand Under-19, and Nepal Under-19 respectively.
Here is the video of the interview:
Looking forward to the U-19 World Cup with these boys.. India U19: Ishan Kishan (Capt), Rishabh Pant (VC), Washington...
Posted by Rahul Dravid on Tuesday, December 22, 2015