Shikhar Dhawan credits U19 World Cup for the confidence he possesses in International cricket

Even Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav shared words of wisdom for the youngster ahead of the U19 Cricket World Cup.

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Shikhar Dhawan  (Photo Source: Twitter)

India opener Shikhar Dhawan believes that the U19 Cricket World Cup helped him gain the confidence at the highest level while batting. He was the part of India’s campaign in 2004 and was also the leading run-scorer of the tournament in that year. The next edition of U19 Cricket World Cup is all set to commence on January 13 in New Zealand as the teams are gearing up to give their best shot. However, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have also shared words of encouragement for the young cricketers ahead of the tournament.

Men in Blue have happy memories of the tournament as many of those who played in the marquee event at the U19 level, went on to represent the senior team as well. The likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Jadeja and Kuldeep are some of the stars who are currently ruling the cricketing world. Even Yuvraj Singh had participated and led the Indian side during his U19 days and went on to become one of the legends of Indian cricket.


U19 World Cup gained more importance over the years

Shikhar Dhawan feels that the U19 Cricket World Cup gained more importance over the years as it produced some of the world class players at the highest level. “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,” he was quoted as saying by International Cricket Council (ICC).

“I feel this tournament has gained in importance over the years with so many players prospering after doing well in the tournament. Look around and you will see that a number of players in each international side figured in past Under-19 World Cups. I have some great memories from the tournament since I was the leading scorer and player of the tournament in 2004. The tournament helped me gain confidence and prepare better for senior cricket,” Dhawan added.

Ravindra Jadeja has said that this tournament will always have a special place in his heart as he was part of the World Cup winning team in 2008 under Kohli. “It is a great learning ground and helps players comprehend what international cricket is all about. For me, this tournament will always remain special since I was part of the team that won it in 2008 under Virat Kohli. Virat has since gone on to become one of the best batsmen of his generation and also a successful captain,” he said.

“I was wicket-less against Pakistan in the first game. I got a hat-trick against Scotland which was really important for me and for the team as well. Later on I performed well in remaining matches. Now (I also have a hat-trick) against Australia, never dreamt of taking a hat-trick against a side like Australia. It’s a big stage to represent your country, you will get a lot of publicity. It is obviously important to perform well in the tournament. Later on you can develop your skills for the future and to play for the senior team,” opined Kuldeep Yadav who had scalped a sensational hat-trick in 2014 against Scotland.