After completing the group stages with being a team to beat, India’s U-19 colts have become the severe favorites for lifting the ICC U-19 World Cup and skipper Prithvi Shaw said he needs support from all his cogs in realizing the dream.
India opened their Group B campaign by defeating Australia by a huge margin of 100 runs and that match was surprisingly one-sided between the two three-time champions, and then completed clinical 10-wicket victories over Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Zimbabwe, while also trying out their players.
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India skipper Shaw and Manjot Kalra opened the innings in the first two matches while they gave the opportunity to Harvik Desai and Shubman Gill for the final league match against Zimbabwe. Talking about the same, he Prithvi said, “Our first eleven is still not fixed. It’s a team game and we need the support of all 15 players throughout the tournament.”
Shaw is highly impressed with left-arm spinner Anukul Roy who grabbed 10 wickets so far, putting him at the top of the list of successful bowlers. He described, “Our spinners know how to take wickets, even on the power-play. Anukul takes wickets whenever we need them and he knows how to control the situation, understands what I need him to do.”
Besides India, England and New Zealand have won all their three games and are among the teams keeping their options open for the knockout stage. It has not been much different for the fourth group toppers, Pakistan, who too have tried their bowling combinations but probably did not have enough freedom owing to their early loss to Afghanistan.
In the Super League quarterfinals, England plays Australia January 23, Pakistan takes on South Africa in Christchurch on January 24, Afghanistan is due for a face-off with New Zealand in Christchurch on January 25 while India and Bangladesh feature in the last quarterfinal on January 26.
According to the tournament playing conditions, in case any quarter-final match ends in a tie, called off or if the match is a no-result, the team that finished in the higher position in the group stage will proceed to the semi-finals.