ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly call for smooth transition of young stars into senior team

Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly on Saturday emphasised on smooth transition of the Under-19 World Cup winning players, who impressed with their discipline and controlled aggression during their victorious campaign.

PTI, February 03, 2018

Kolkata: Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly on Saturday emphasised on smooth transition of the U-19 World Cup winning players, who impressed with their discipline and controlled aggression during their victorious campaign.

"The whole team is exceptionally talented and have the passion and right aggression," Tendulkar, who keenly followed the U-19 World Cup matches, told PTI.

"The young Indian team has a pool of talent and are being nurtured to realise their full potential. We can look forward to some exciting times for team India in the years to come."

File image of Sachin Tendulkar. Reuters

File image of Sachin Tendulkar. Reuters

The Indian cricket icon was quick to give a piece of advice to the U-19 World Cup triumphant team so that their talents are not lost in the transition.

"If they keep working hard, the sky is the limit. They will definitely have to push themselves harder and give their best in the transition," Tendulkar said.

Giving full credit to coach Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar said the team was in safe hands.

"The way the team goes about doing their job with utmost excellence and passion speaks volumes about the hands that guide them. Rahul is doing a great job with these kids and deserves all the credit."

Tendulkar was impressed to see the level discipline that these youngsters have imbibed from Dravid.

"One thing I noticed about the team is that they are disciplined. Dravid himself always placed impetus on discipline and the team has gained from his experience which has been at the highest level."

Ganguly was impressed with Indian colts' dominating performance throughout the tournament.

"Fantastic. Not only champions, but domination from game one. It's terrific. I didn't follow them much initially but when I saw them (while doing commentary) I was very impressed."

Ishan Porel, who debuted for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy recently, has been exceptional as he overcame a foot injury to bowl India to victory against Pakistan with his splendid four-wicket haul.

"What a fine semi-final and final game he has had. He's a Vision 2020 product.

Now we have to bridge the gap. We have to make them ready for the seniors. That's why Vision 2020," the CAB President said about their development programme.

"Obviously, the gap is a bit more, he's got to keep training hard. We have to look after him well, and make sure at CAB that he gets all the facilities. It's same with everyone. My advice would be to stay fit and play well."

"I hope some of them play for India now. Virat Kohli is the biggest example. When we used to play U-19, the World Cup was not there. I remember playing against Pakistan in Bombay (a team that had Aaqib Javed in their ranks). Rahul Dravid has played India U-19s," Ganguly said on the sidelines of of an exhibition match during their Foundation Day.

Updated Date: Feb 03, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114