New Delhi: Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who is the head coach of India U19 revealed that he is thinking about the decision-making ability of the players ahead of the summit clash against Australia.
Both teams will be playing the final at the Sahara Park Willowmoore Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The Uday Saharan-led side will be aiming to lift the U19 World Cup title for the sixth time as they had earlier won it in 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018, and 2022.
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During an interaction with ICC, Kanitkar revealed that his main focus is to let the players make the right calls on the field by using their own experience. Both teams have remained dominant throughout the tournament. On one hand, India has won all their matches but Australia’s Super Six stage match against West Indies ended in a tie.
“They are still coming up in terms of experience. It is also about utilizing and considering their experience, and what they have done on these pitches against good oppositions. The combination of both does the trick usually. They know how to bat, bowl, and field, and are quoted as good at it. They have all the attacking strokes,” Kanitkar was qouted as saying on ICC.
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“It is just about getting them to know what is the right decision, to handle certain situation or pitches. It is more mental and about decision-making,” he added.
He also talked about the thrilling semifinal against South Africa and said that matches like these help them stay honest. Skipper Uday Saharan along with Sachin Dhas helped the team defeat South Africa by2 wickets.
“It keeps you honest (close finishes in big matches). It was a great match. South Africa challenged us all the way and were really good. Just be natural, keep it simple”, he added.
Kanitkar also said that he knows both situation teams will get overwhelmed by the pressure and will try to outplay each other in the summit clash.
“They will get overwhelmed. But it is expected from both the teams. Both are of the same age and have played a similar kind of cricket. They will go through all those emotions. We will try to keep them in control and calm as much as possible. Once the preparation is done, you just need to have faith in them and let them do what they want to,” he further said.
The Uday Saharan-led side will be eyeing their record-extending sixth World Cup title whereas the Kangaroos will be trying to win their fourth title.