Fuelled by their blazing ambition, 15 youngsters travel to South Africa, braced to defend the U-19 World Cup crown. The Indian Express pens the brief profiles of these talented young cricketers from diverse backgrounds and geographical divide. Meet the boys who could be household names soon.
As Kotla toggled between bursts of sunshine and gloom, it was engrossing to watch Dhawan curb his natural instinct while scoring his 25th first-class hundred, his first in 18 months. His unbeaten 137, in Delhi's total of 269/6, was the only narrative on Day 1 at Kotla.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant engineered a remarkable rescue mission, battling their instincts and cravings, fighting their inner demons and demonstrating an unseemly composure, thus furnishing hope of ending India’s anxious quest of middle-order stability.
Chandigarh, a union territory with a rich heritage of being home to some of the country’s greatest cricketers and a hub supplying players to Haryana and Punjab, will make a giant stride when it makes its Ranji Trophy debut this season. Along with the Union Territory Cricket Association, a number of players across teams too will embrace new beginnings.