Sourav Ganguly hints at India's future pacers from Under-19 team

While Rahul Dravid who has been at the helm of Indian U-19 cricket team and the India A squad for some time may not like to focus on individuals it is very difficult to not see skipper Prithvi Shaw as the star of this team which opens their ICC U-19

India made a winning start to their 2018 Under-19 World Cup campaign in New Zealand, ticking most of the boxes in their 100-run win against Australia at Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

Jack Edwards's all-round show was in vain as fifties from India's top-three set the team up for a 300-plus total before their bowlers wrapped up Australia for just 228 in reply. Abhishek Sharma hit 25 runs off 8 balls to achieve that.

Ireland snaffled three quick early wickets to have Sri Lanka 3-51 after 12 overs, but Lakshan and skipper Kamindu Mendis (74) compiled an unbeaten 157-run fourth wicket partnership to secure the win.

Having struck India's first six of the tournament, a flowing blade sending the ball over long on, but was nearly dismissed soon after, Shaw nicking to the keeper only to be reprieved when replays revealed that Will Sutherland had overstepped. The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw's decision to bat in their tournament-opener.

After that, both the players changed their gear and took on the Aussie bowling attack as India crossed the 50-run mark in the 10th over. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland's son Will is also in the national squad.

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.

After the opener's departure, it was Shubham Gill who added on the scoresheet with his 63 run knock which consisted of six fours and one six.

Prithvi Shaw was crowned the man of the match for his knock of 94.



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