Sourav Ganguly during his time with IPL's Pune Warriors franchise Image: AFP
The Indian colts don't need any more motivation. Because they are now backed by the king of all captains — Sourav Ganguly. Dada has tipped India as the favourites to win the Under-19 World Cup final against Australia this Saturday.
"India will win U-19 World Cup. U-19 team is playing very well. There are immensely talented boys like Prithwi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Ishan Porel are players who have come up from the BCCI system. Our Board members have invested time to prepare them from the junior, under-19 and senior level," Ganguly said.
"You can't make players without structure. They are products of our system. In the next five years, barring Australia and England, Indian cricket will be the best in the world," he said.
Ganguly was full of praise for Bengal youngsters Ishan Porel and Kanishk Seth who bowled extremely well in the ongoing U-19 World Cup.
"Ishan Porel is a product of CAB's Vision 20-20 programme. U-19 is just the beginning, the stepping stone of one's career. He has a long way to go. Porel stays in Bali. We from CAB will provide him with all help," Dada said.
(With inputs from PTI)