The coach of the India U19 team, Paras Mhambrey reckons a couple of the youngsters are likely to be seen playing alongside the seniors soon. In a recent conversation with media, Mhambrey claimed that the current young crop of cricketers have great potential and talent that needs to be polished before they hit the world stage at the highest level.
The India U-19 players have been the talk of the cricketing world ever since the conclusion of the ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa. The young Men in Blue had the exclusive tournament as they defeated the world’s best teams while roping their way into the finals.
The Priyam Garg-led team defeated South Africa and New Zealand in the group stage before they defeated Australia in the quarter-finals. The youngsters defeated Pakistan in the semi-final clash before facing Bangladesh U-19 in the final clash.
While the Indian youngsters produced good games throughout the tournament, they were rendered defenseless against the game strategy of the Bangladesh U-19. After coming in to bat first, the four-time champions were rattled by the aggressive stance of the Bangladesh bowlers. The Blue team was restricted for a total of 177 runs.
However, India returned stronger in a bid to halt Bangladesh batsmen for some time in the run chase. The Tigers were seen wobbling at 106/6. The young Tigers, whereas, made a quick come back in the game as their skipper Akbar Ali brought played an innings of his life. And then, the short rain break revised the target to 170 from 46 overs. Bangladesh won their maiden title and created history by defeating the defending champions by three wickets.
Paras Mhambrey claims a few U-19 players to represent the national team soon:
With the coveted tournament coming to end, the India U19 coach Mhambrey claimed that there are a few players from the team who have the potential to represent the country.
In an exclusive interview with TimesofIndia.com, Mhambrey said that every member of the team has the potential to don the national jersey.
“Everyone from this lot will not represent the country, but there are a couple of guys who have the potential to go to that level. I am sure you will see some of the names from this team represent the senior team in a couple of years. If you talk about potential, every single player in the team has the potential to go to the highest level,” told the U-19 coach.
Meanwhile, Mhambrey also praised the Indian U-19 skipper Priyam Garg for his captaincy throughout the ICC tournament.
The coach was impressed with the maturity shown by the young skipper in the big tournament and lauded him for handling his team in the best possible way.
“I would say he (Priyam Garg) is a fabulous captain. He is mature and he showed that maturity throughout the tournament. The way he has handled the entire team is commendable. He knows how to use a bowler, fielder or batsman in a given situation. The way he handles his resources is commendable. He is calm and that’s the biggest quality of being a good captain,” he said.
Before Garg, India U19 was also represented by Virat Kohli (2008), Mohammad Kaif (2010), Unmukt Chand (2012) and Prithvi Shaw (2018) who guided the team to their title win previously.
Whereas, the cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Venugopal Roy, Prithvi Shaw went on to represent the senior team.