Hope some U-19 stars go on to represent senior India: Ganguly
Kolkata: Hailing India's dominant performance at the ICC U-19 World Cup, former national team captain Sourav Ganguly hoped on Saturday that some of the young cricketers will go on to enjoy success with the senior squad.
Holding out Virat Kohli as an example, Ganguly said the Indian colts must aspire to emulate the current senior Indian team captain.
"It's a fantastic achievement. They not only became champions, they dominated teams from the first game," Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the foundation day celebrations of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
"I hope some of them play for India now. Virat Kohli is the biggest example. When we used to play U-19, the World Cup was not there. I remember playing against Pakistan in Bombay. Rahul Dravid has played under me," the CAB President added.
Coached by batting legend Rahul Dravid, the Indian youngsters thrashed Australia by eight wickets in the final on Saturday to win the ICC U19 World Cup for a record fourth time. Kohli had captained India to glory at the 2008 edition of the U-19 World Cup before going on to become one of the world's best batsmen and India's senior team captain.
The Boys in Blue had won every game in dominant fashion during their run to the final.