Did Sourav Ganguly just scout India's future pacers from U-19 team?

Did Sourav Ganguly just scout India's future pacers from U-19 team?

Did Sourav Ganguly just scout India's future pacers from U-19 team?

The clash of two three-time champions in New Zealand had everything in it to be termed as a thriller and of the top-level.

India captain Prithvi Shaw said he was happy with the emphatic win early on. There three quality knocks from batsmen, bowlers were hitting 140kph mark and there was pressure.

Opting to bat first, Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra thoroughly frustrated the Australians, posting a mammoth 180-run partnership for the opening wicket. The former Indian captain is now in New Zealand as a part of ICC's commentary panel for the Under-19 World Cup.

The Proteas racked up 341-7, with opener Jiveshan Pillay hitting 62 and Jade de Klerk (28no off 23) and Gerald Coetzee (36no off 14) clubbing 65 runs in the final five overs.

While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw, as the vital cog in the team's batting wheel.

Shubman Gill scored 63 runs with six fours and a six to his name. His knock was really important after the departure of Shaw from the crease.

Shaw, though, missed out on a century by six runs as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland, son of former Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

Bowling: S Mavi 8.5-1-45-3, I Porel 4.1-0-24-0, S Singh 6.5-0-30-0, K Nagarkoti 7-1-29-3, A Sharma 7-0-33-1, H Rana 4-0-30-0, A Roy 5-0-36-1. A 100 run victory has got the morale of the team on cloud 9 as India thrashed Australia in their first game. His opening partner also missed out on a ton, falling for 86 which came off 99 balls with 12 shots to the fence and on over the ropes.

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