The India U-19 team beat South Africa U-19 in Christchurch, New Zealand by a whopping 189 runs in a warm-up match ahead of the U-19 World Cup which begins on January 13th. A day after that India’s coach, the legendary Rahul Dravid with the aid of social media had a message for all Indian fans.
Dravid, who spoke on video on the official Cricket World Cup Twitter account said that his team were eager to do well. “The Indian U19 team is very keen to show you the talent and the ability that they have,” he said.
The 44-year old went on to add that he is confident about the fans support for the young boys throughout the duration of the World Cup. “We know you’ll be watching us and we know you’ll be supporting the boys all the way. Thank you very much,” the former right-hand batsman said.
Good morning India! 🇮🇳
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 10, 2018
The Indian team captained by Prithvi Shaw, played their first warm-up game against South Africa. India posted a massive 323 in their innings, before bowling the Proteas out for 133 with Ishan Porel returning with figures of 4 for 24 in eight overs.
Three-time champions in the competition, India will begin their tournament on January 14th against Australia U19 in a Pool B match. Two days later, India play against Papua New Guinea before playing Zimbabwe in their third and final group match on next Friday. All of India’s matches will be day-night contests and will be played in Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.