India Under-19 captain Prithvi Shaw said his team is well-prepared for the World Cup and is eyeing the ultimate glory under the guidance of Rahul Dravid.
The twelfth edition of the tournament officially got underway at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch with an impressive ceremony displaying New Zealand’s culture. The ceremony was attended by representatives of all the 16 participating sides, Christchurch Councillor Aaron Keown, as well as New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley.
The main tournament will start on January 13 with two-time champions Pakistan taking on Afghanistan at Cobham Oval, Whangarei.
The warm-up games have already started on Monday (January 8) with as many as eight teams starting their preparation. India will play their warm-up game against South Africa on Tuesday in Christchurch.
And with the team eyeing a record third title, Shaw oozed confidence in his side’s preparation.
“We’ve been here a week now, played a couple of games. Everything has gone well, the preparation of the team has been good. Our goal is obviously to win the World Cup, but at the same time we are looking forward to our first game (against Australia on January 13), and let’s see how the process goes,” Shaw said.
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Along with Australia, India is the only team to have won the World Cup thrice. In 2000, they won it under the captaincy of Mohammad Kaif, and in 2008, they won it under Virat Kohli’s leadership and in 2012 under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand. The team also boats of the best win percentage in ODIs (77%) among all Under-19 national teams.
Shaw has been in terrific form since making his first-class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy and will be looking to guide the side to the World Cup glory. One of the most sought-after youngsters in the country, Shaw has already scored five centuries and three fifties in 9 first-class games.
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