The selection committee of India U-19 team has selected a 15 members squad for World Cup in Bangladesh today (Tuesday). 17-year-old Ishan Kishan to lead India in the January-February tournament in Bangladesh.
The team is comprised of Sarfraz Khan, who has already showed his potential with the bat under the coaching of former India captain Rahul Dravid. Selectors have picked up the same team which have played in Sri Lanka . Meanwhile Armaan Jaffer, who slammed three consecutive double-centuries in the ongoing Under 19 Cooch Behar Trophy, was included on the back of his considerable weight of runs. He was the highest run-scorer in the Cooch Behar Trophy. He scored 1018 runs in six matches at an average of 169.66. He is the only new face in the squad.
Rahul Dravid last year has taken over the coaching of the side. The team has produced rollicking performances in the recent tournaments.
The U-19 team on Monday won the tri-series in Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in Colombo while in November they defeated Bangladesh in Kolkata to win tri-series.
The tournament will continue between January 22 and February 14. This emerging tournament starts in 1988. India was the champion of the tournament for three times. In 2000, captain Mohammad Kaif won the tournament, Yuvraj Singh was the man of the series while in 2008 Virat Kohli led India to victory. In 2012, Unmukt Chand’s brilliant hundred won the match for India against host Australia.
The Indian U-19 colts recently won the tri-series in Sri Lanka. In the final of the tournament, they defeated Sri Lankan colts by five wickets on Monday.
In November, they also won the tri-series involving Bangladesh and Afghanistan at Jadavpur University Cricket ground, in Kolkata.
In the last edition in 2014, South Africa were the champion. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was the find of the tournament.
Last time in 2004 when U-19 World Cup had been played in Bangladesh India lost to Pakistan in the semi-final. But, the tournament has given India batsman like Suresh Raina. Others who showed potential are Dinesh Karthik and captain Ambati Rayudu.
Meanwhile, Pakistan, who were the eventual champion of the tournament, got a talented left-handed batsman Salman Butt, who spoiled his own career as he was found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 the Lord’s Test.
The 16 team of tournament divided into four groups. Top two teams from each group will play the Super League quarterfinals while the bottom two teams from each group will play the plate Championship quarterfinals.
India is slotted in the group D along with Australia, New Zealand and Nepal
Indian U-19 squad
Ishan Kishan (Capt), Rishabh Pant (VC), Washington Sundar, Sarfaraz Khan, Amandeep Khare, Anmolpreet Singh, Arman Jaffer, Ricky Bhui, Mayank Dagar, Zeeshan Ansari, Mahipal Lomror, Avesh Khan, Shubham Mavi, Khaleel Ahmed, Rahul Batham