Pakistan may pose threat to India in the U-19 World Cup: Captain

Bangalore, Feb 8 (UNI) Traditional rivals Pakistan may pose threat to India's supremacy in the Under-19 World Cup beginning in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from February 17, Captain Virat Kohli said today.

Speaking to newspersons at the end of the seven-day conditioning camp at National Cricket Academy here, he said, ''We have successfully played against South Africa, New Zeland and England, but Pakistan was the team that needs to be watched. It is an unknown quantity and we gather that they are fielding a new team. However, we are prepared to put up brave fight and are confident of regaining the World Cup''.

Champions in the year 2000 under Mohammad Kaif, India had lost twice to Pakistan in the summit clash in the next two World Cups held biennially. It had lost by 38 runs in the final during 2006.

Replying to a question, he said a battery of seamers had been included in the team this time. ''Last time we lacked a proper seam attack but this time we have sufficient pace bowlers. Batting remains our strength.'' About India placed in Group 'B' with West Indies, South Africa and Papua New Guinea (PNG), Kohil said, ''It is tough group, we hope to live upto the mark as we are favourite to World Cup''.

Top two teams in each group enter the super league.

Replying to a question, he said the team was quiet used to play in different conditions so it may not be prove difficult to play in Kaula Lampur.


Story first published: Friday, February 8, 2008, 21:14 [IST]
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