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Ishan Kishan keen to do a Kapil Dev for India after 32 years

India are primed for the U-19 World Cup final against West Indies on Sunday - the first time these two countries will meet since the 1983 ODI World Cup to decide a world title. ­­­­­­(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

India are primed for the U-19 World Cup final against West Indies on Sunday - the first time these two countries will meet since the 1983 ODI World Cup to decide a world title. ­­­­­­(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

India are primed for the U-19 World Cup final against West Indies on Sunday - the first time these two countries will meet since the 1983 ODI World Cup to decide a world title.

These kids were not even born when India's greatest allrounder Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup trophy after the 1983 final at Lord's - bringing down the mighty West Indies. And the India U-19 skipper, Ishan Kishan, would want to repeat the feat of Kapil's Devils 32 years later.

India and West Indies are primed for the ICC U-19 World Cup final on Sunday - the first time these two countries will meet in the title match of a world event at any level across formats.

But the scenario of world cricket has changed dramatically since that day in June 32 years ago.

West Indies are no longer the powerhouse they used to be with the Richards, Lloyds, Holdings, Garners and Marshalls. In fact, they are one of the strugglers today thanks to players battling the board and performances on the decline over the last two decades. Even during Brian Lara's reign, it wasn't anywhere near to the invincible nature the Caribbean team once enjoyed.

The case has been exactly the opposite for India. Since the 1983 World Cup win, India have won a T20 World Cup, another ODI World Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy and the Test mace as well. And talking about this U-19 team, it's been on a roll.

Since losing the quarter-final in the last edition of the ICC U-19 World Cup, India are enjoying an unbeaten run of 15 matches.

“We are set for tomorrow,” India captain Ishan told the official ICC website. “There is obviously tension before every match and this is the World Cup final. We have reached our goal, now we need to achieve that goal."

West Indies fast bowlers have bowled well in the tournament to reach this far, but India are the thoroughbreds of modern-day cricket and aren't perturbed at all, with the likes of Ishan himself, Rishabh Pant, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Arman Jaffer in the batting line-up.

"We are not worried about facing any bowler, The plan is to keep wickets in hand. If we do that we can get a big score on the board. 280 should be a good score, we will try for 300,” Ishan said.

A 15-match unbeaten run can intimidate any team but West Indies are not trying to look at that.

“India is obviously a good team and we are excited about playing the final. It is a good feeling to have reached the final. We have come a long way in the last few months," said the Windies’ skipper Shimron Hetmyer

India topped Group D with wins over New Zealand, Nepal and Ireland before thrashing Namibia and Sri Lanka in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

West Indies, on the other hand, conceded a heavy defeat against England to start the tournament. But they staged a remarkable recovery to beat Fiji and Zimbabwe and progress to the last-eight stage where they upset one of the favourites Pakistan.

The West Indies' boys then registered a nervous three-wicket win over hosts Bangladesh in the semis to set up a final date with India.