India under-19 skipper Priyam Garg says he reached out to Prithvi Shaw for advice ahead of World Cup

India's Under-19 captain Priyam Garg has revealed that he sought former skipper Prithvi Shaw's advice on planning and team bonding during his preparations to lead the side's world title defence from 17 January to 9 February in South Africa.

Press Trust of India, Jan 09, 2020 16:39:50 IST

Bengaluru: India's Under-19 captain Priyam Garg has revealed that he sought former skipper Prithvi Shaw's advice on planning and team bonding during his preparations to lead the side's world title defence from 17 January to 9 February in South Africa.

India under-19 skipper Priyam Garg says he reached out to Prithvi Shaw for advice ahead of World Cup

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Before the U-19 World Cup, the India colts are scheduled to travel to South Africa for three one-day internationals against the Proteas U-19 side, followed by a quadrangular series featuring South Africa U-19, India U-19, Zimbabwe U-19 and New Zealand U-19.

"Although I haven't spoken to Virat (Kohli) sir yet, I have spoken to Prithvi (Shaw) sir a lot. He told me 'your planning, your process and your team-bonding is most important'," Garg was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo ahead of India U-19s departure for South Africa.

"The more the team will feel a sense of togetherness, the better will they perform. Prithvi sir also told me that the team should know what their strengths are. He said that team-bonding played a big role in India's success in 2018," he added.

India is the most successful team in the tournament, having won four titles till date. In the last edition, they beat Australia by eight wickets in the final and remained unbeaten in the tournament.

However, Garg insists there is no pressure on the side.

"I am seeing it only as an opportunity to captain a team in such a big tournament. We've played so many events, so that's an advantage for us. As a captain, all I'm thinking about is how to take my team forward... how to navigate the team out of difficult situations," Garg said.

India U-19 head coach Paras Mhambrey said the team is balanced and the practice games ahead of the tournament will provide room for experimenting with a few combinations.

"The good thing is that we're a very balanced side. (We have) seaming all-rounders, spinning all-rounders, quality fast bowlers and batsmen as well. So, those games in South Africa give us an opportunity to experiment and try a few combinations. In case we face such conditions, then we know the right steps."

"You go in with one kind of mindset, but the conditions may not turn out that way. Teams that are flexible will always do well. We're looking at doing that too. We've spoken about it and we're lucky to have a balanced 15," Mhambrey added.

The 13th edition of the U-19 World Cup will be played among 16 teams, split into four groups.

India are placed in Group A with first-time qualifier Japan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super League stage.

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Updated Date: Jan 09, 2020 16:39:50 IST






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2 New Zealand 3241 112
3 South Africa 3177 102
4 England 4593 102
5 Australia 3672 102
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
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2 India 7364 121
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 10071 258
6 New Zealand 6056 252