Can class of 2022 go all the way at U-19 World Cup?
There is a new team, so you have to start afresh, said Kanitkar adding that the players are also getting used to bi-bubble life in COVID times.India are placed in Group B alongside South Africa, Ireland and Uganda.
Record four-time champions India will be aiming to maintain their envious record and unearth a plethora of talent along the way when they begin their U-19 World Cup campaign against South Africa here on Saturday.
Expectations will be high from the likes of Harnoor Singh, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, skipper Yash Dhull, and Ravi Kumar, who have already shown glimpses of their potential in tournaments leading into the World Cup.
India has been the most successful team in the tournament's history and getting into the final of the last three editions is a testimony to their remarkable consistency.
No player from the 2020 batch, which finished runners-up to first-time champions Bangladesh, has gone on to play for India and only time will tell if someone from the class of 2022 reaches the highest level.
He impressed with his raw pace in the Asia Cup, picking up eight wickets, and is also a handy batter down the order.
Left-arm pacer Ravi Kumar will also be expected to provide timely breakthroughs and he will be high on confidence following a four-wicket haul against the Australians.
All-rounder Raj Bawa, who bowls right-arm medium pace and bats left-handed, will also play a crucial role for the team.
''There is a huge legacy since India has done so well in this tournament. It doesn't help that we have won four times. There is a new team, so you have to start afresh,'' said Kanitkar adding that the players are also getting used to bi-bubble life in COVID times.
The game against South Africa is likely to be the toughest one for India.
The 2014 edition winners South Africa's chances of success on home soil were ended at the quarter-final stage two years ago.
All-rounder Dewald Brevis has generated maximum attention in the junior Proteas camp.
He played in the CSA Provincial T20 Knockout competition in October and his batting style drew comparisons with AB de Villiers, while his leg-spin caused West Indies plenty of problems in a recent warm-up series against the hosts.
Squads: India: Yash Dhull (c), Harnoor Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, SK Rasheed (VC), Nishant Sindhu, Siddarth Yadav, Aneeshwar Gautam, Dinesh Bana, Aaradhya Yadav, Raj Angad Bawa, Manav Parakh, Kaushal Tambe, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Vasu Vats, Vicky Ostwal, Ravi Kumar, Garv Sangwan.
South Africa: George van Heerden (c), Liam Alder, Matthew Boast, Dewald Brevis, Michael Copeland, Ethan Cunningham, Valentine Kitime, Kwena Maphaka, Gerhard Maree, Aphiwe Mnyanda, Andile Simelane, Jade Smith, Kaden Solomons, Joshua Stephenson, Asakhe Tshaka.
The match starts at 7.30 IST.
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