Is U-19 World Cup helping the next generation of Indian cricket?

[caption id="attachment_60636" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Prithvi Prithvi Shaw is the captain of the Indian cricket team in ICC U19 WC. Image Source:[/caption]

Internet Desk: U- 19 Indian cricket team always provided some youth talents to the national team. As the U-19 World Cup is set to start from January 13 next year in New Zealand Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan shared words of encouragement for the tournament. Dhawan, who was a player of tournament in 2004 said, “The Under-19 World Cup is a great platform for youngsters as they get an early feel of international cricket. The tournament provides players the opportunity to not just iron out their flaws but also to understand how things pan out in top tournaments."

"I feel this tournament has gained in importance over the years with so many players prospering after doing well in the tournament. Look around and you will see that a number of players in each international side figured in past Under-19 World Cups.”

"I have some great memories from the tournament since I was the leading scorer and player of the tournament in 2004. The tournament helped me gain in confidence and prepare better for senior cricket," he added.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played twice in the U-19 World Cup, including the 2008 edition where Virat Kohli led his team to the title.

"It is a great learning ground and helps players comprehend what international cricket is all about," said the all-rounder.

"For me, this tournament will always remain special since I was part of the team that won it in 2008 under Virat Kohli. Virat has since gone on to become one of the best batsmen of his generation and also a successful captain." He added.

The tournament has given unforgettable memories to Kuldeep Yadav as well. The Chinaman took a hat-trick against Scotland in the 2014 edition.

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