ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: Makhaya Ntini warns teams to be wary of India's Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi

South Africa pace great Makhaya Ntini is absolutely floored by the mindset of the India U-19 team which he feels is on par with their illustrious senior counterparts.

Press Trust of India, Jan 12, 2020 19:02:06 IST

Cape Town: South Africa pace great Makhaya Ntini is absolutely "floored" by the mindset of the India U-19 team which he feels is on par with their illustrious senior counterparts.

ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: Makhaya Ntini warns teams to be wary of Indias Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi

File image of Yashasvi Jaiswal. Getty Images

Ntini has singled out new IPL entrants Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi and Akash Tyagi as players to watch out for during the three-week long tournament beginning on Friday in South Africa.

"In terms of other nations, I've watched the India team in training and I look at those young fellows and how well they conduct themselves – it's almost like they are in the tournament already and their tournament mindset has already kicked in," Ntini told ICC's official website.

The 42-year-old Ntini, who has 390 Tests and 266 ODI wickets, has been amazed by the work ethic of a team mentored by none other than Rahul Dravid.

"It was one of the greatest things seeing those youngsters training and putting themselves together. They were playing the game so well, and it was almost like I was watching the Indian senior team as they looked very slick."

He feels left-handed batsman Jaiswal or fast bowler Tyagi looked like players who have already been groomed to play for India.

"I think the thing with the whole Indian squad is that they have already been part of the Indian system - they have certain players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh who are set to play in the IPL. They have already been groomed to represent India as a nation when they grow older.

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Updated Date: Jan 12, 2020 19:02:06 IST






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