Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lots at stake for India U-19 colts

Lots at stake for India U-19 colts

Ganguly is now in New Zealand, probably to look after the India U19 performances.

The U-19 World Cup in New Zealand is underway and cricket aficionados all over the world are already glued to their TV sets just to spot a player who could make it big in the future. Abhishek Sharma played a quick-fire knock to propel India's total.

They had an opening stand of 180 and with that, they overtook Robin Uthappa and Shikhar Dhawan's opening wicket record of 174 runs in U-19 World Cup for India.

Australia were troubled by the pace of the Indian bowlers and then the spinners choked them with asking rate creeping up on a constant basis.

Kenya battled gamely through to 172-7 off their 50 overs. India batsmen played like they are known for with some of the most gorgeous drives.

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While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw, as the vital cog in the team's batting wheel. His opening partner also missed out on a ton, falling for 86 which came off 99 balls with 12 shots to the fence and on over the ropes.

South Africa captain Raynard van Tonder struck 143 off 121 balls, an innings that included 14 fours and five sixes, as 2014 champions thrashed Kenya by 169 runs in Group A.

Shaw led from the front putting 94 runs hitting eight fours with his pristine, high-elbowed technique.

Jack Edwards grabbed four wickets for Australia while Param Uppal, Will Sutherland and Austin Waugh dismissed one Indian batsman each.

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