India Under-19 head coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar is confident that at least some players from the 2024 batch will play for the senior team. Although five-time champions India lost to Australia by 79 runs in the final, players like captain Uday Saharan, Mushir Khan, Saumya Pandey and Sachan Dhas performed impressively throughout the tournament. “Definitely (India's future is very bright). As a bowling side and a batting side, some players have excelled.
“He has shown maturity in difficult situations and it is a good sign for Indian cricket,” Kanitkar said in Sunday's post-match press conference.
The Indian team has always been a powerhouse in the age group and the Under-19 World Cup has produced stars like Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Shubman. Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal are some of the names.
Kanitkar said, “Every time there are some people who move forward either in the IPL or in the Indian team. I am sure there will be some people, but there is very good competition at home.”
Team members Arshin Kulkarni and Avnish Rao had already earned IPL contracts in the Under-19 World Cup.
Kanitkar believes that playing in the Under-19 World Cup gives players an idea of what it is like to play at the senior level.
“Great journey for the players, everything has been highlighted, these performances matter, they are under scrutiny. They get used to these conditions when they play high quality cricket,” said the 49-year-old Head. “They know what to expect and are prepared.” coach.
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