The India international Yuvraj Singh, who has been out of the squad recently recalled how the U-19 World Cup tournament helped him grow as an international cricketer.

Notably, Yuvraj was part of the young Indian team which lifted the U-19 World Cup in 2000.

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“I played in big crowds, I played in big moments, in big pressure situations, in situations that made a good cricketer out of me and a fierce competitor. That helped me in my international career,” the star all-rounder was heard saying while talking to the International Cricket Council.

“The conditions are going to be different. Enjoy them and prepare well,” he suggested the current U-19 Indian team who will be touring New Zealand next year for the prestigious trophy.

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Yuvraj believes the host New Zealand and India are the frontrunners to win the trophy. He further added this team under the watchful eyes of former India captain Rahul Dravid will benefit immensely. He concluded saying the young cricketers should enjoy their time and give their best to make special memories which they can cherish forever.

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The World Cup is scheduled to start from January 13 and will go on until February 3. The young Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw will lead the team, as Shubham Gill has been named as the vice-captain. India will start their campaign against Australia on January 14.

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The 35-year-old Yuvraj was Man of the Tournament in 2000 when the event took place in Colombo, as India lifted the trophy under the leadership of Mohammad Kaif.

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