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Virat Kohli Meets U-19 Boys for Pep Talk; Calls Prithvi Shaw 'Special Talent'

Cricketnext |January 9, 2018, 3:52 PM IST
Virat Kohli Meets U-19 Boys for Pep Talk; Calls Prithvi Shaw 'Special Talent'

Mumbai: The U-19 Indian team is due to take part in the World cup starting from January 13 in New Zealand. The team will be lead by Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw, and is coached by former India captain Rahul Dravid. The senior team and the colts, on Wednesday, came together for a press conference, before departing for their respective series'.

It was only apt that Dravid asked skipper Virat Kohli to boost the confidence of the young guns through a pep talk. And the latter obliged. During the press conference Kohli said, "I am excited about Prithvi (Shaw). I have heard a lot about him and Ravi Bhai (Shastri) has also told me many things about him. He has had a lot of good performances in first-class cricket, which is rarely seen. He has been made the captain ahead of the boys, who have played U-19, there is special ability in him, that we have seen."

BCCI posted pictures on social media of Virat Kohli and the youngsters. BCCI tweeted, "Just the kind of boost the young India U19 team needed before their departure for the World Cup. India captain @imVkohli spent some time with them and there was sure a lot to take for the youngsters."

Earlier, India opener Shikhar Dhawan had said, "The Under-19 World Cup is a great platform for youngsters as they get an early feel of international cricket. The tournament provides players the opportunity to not just iron out their flaws but also to understand how things pan out in top tournaments."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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