'Confident and talented', Virat Kohli praises current U-19 team, calls them better than 2008 lot

Prithvi Shaw & Co have had a phenomenal stint in the U-19 World Cup. They beat Pakistan by 203 runs and all set to face Australia in the finals

Indian skipper Virat Kohli praised the Indian colts for their astounding performance in the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup. Prithvi Shaw & Co recently smashed the arch-rivals Pakistan by 203 runs in the semifinals and made a grand entry into the finals. Ahead of their final clash with Australia U-19 on February 3, Virat Kohli stated that the current U-19 team is much more confident than the side he led back in 2008 against South Africa in Malaysia.

While speaking at a press conference ahead of first India vs South Africa ODI, Kohli said,

“It feels amazing (to see them do well). I interacted with them before they left and it’s a lovely bunch of boys. Compared to our lot (when India won in 2008 under Kohli), the confidence levels are somewhere else which is a great sign.”

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Kohli appreciated the way the teens in blue handled the situation of an India vs Pakistan match and won it with flying colours. He said,

“Playing such a high-pressure game (against Pakistan), they really stood up and that’s what you want to see. You want to see people standing up when it’s needed the most.”

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This is the sixth time that India has reached the finals of the U-19 World Cup. India already have 3 titles and are all set to lift the cup for the fourth time. And Virat Kohli also feels the same. He said,

“I want to wish them all the very best for the final. We’ll all be following very keenly and we’ll be eagerly waiting to see them lift the cup again. I believe they have the talent, and they believe in that much more than I do, which I think is very, very important.”

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The India U-19 squad had a phenomenal stint in the tournament. They have won all their games with wide margins and posses a great net run rate too. They started their world cup journey by beating the Aussies by 100 runs, followed by two consecutive victories by 10 wickets against Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe. Recently, they beat Pakistan by 203 runs and now they will once again face Australia in the finals.