New Delhi: As the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup is round the corner, coach of national colts Rahul Dravid seems fully satisfied with the preparations ahead of the prestigious event.
"We have got good preparations over the last two months and played some good games in Mumbai. For a lot of these players it started in October in the domestic one-day cricket.
Then we played a tournament in Kolkata with Afghanistan and Bangladesh U-19 squads. The squad was whittled down to 18 and it was then taken to Sri Lanka,” the legendary former India skipper was quoted as saying by the IANS.
It seems that Dravid has worked really hard with the youngsters to make them understand the value of rotating the strike at regular intervals.
"One of the things I had stressed on was the ability to rotate the strike. It takes a lot of pressure off you. I talked about it a lot to the players. All these boys can play big shots. They are in a generation where they are practicing playing the big shots and some of the sixes they hit boggle the mind,” added Dravid.
In fact, when 'the wall' was asked why Ishan Kishan, a wicketkeeper-batsman from Jharkhand, was made the captain, Dravid said, "It seems captains from Jharkhand seem to do well. It's just a joke."
The World Cup is scheduled to start from January 27.
India are in Group D along side New Zealand, Ireland and Nepal.