IPL 2018: Here to learn from the stalwarts, says India U-19 duo

Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra, fresh from the euphoria of winning the Under-19 World Cup, may not be sure starters in the playing XI but insist they are here to learn.

Manjot Kalra and Prithvi Shaw during the ICC U-19 final against Australia.   -  AFP

Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra, fresh from the euphoria of winning the Under-19 World Cup, are excited about being part of the glamorous Indian Premier League (IPL); well aware that they might not be sure starters in the playing XI whenever Delhi Daredevils walks out to the middle. But the duo is fine with it.

“There are also a lot of other seniors in the team (besides Gautam Gambhir) who play higher-level cricket, so obviously they will get more chances. It doesn't really matter, what does is learning from it all and giving our best whenever we get a chance,” Kalra said on Tuesday.

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“It is a good opportunity to learn and share the dressing room with the likes of Ricky (Ponting) sir and Gautam sir even while sitting outside,” Shaw added.

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Asked about his interactions with Ponting, Shaw, who has already played first-class cricket for Mumbai, said, “In T20 cricket, you have to be mentally prepared for whatever comes. It is very fast and there is no time to settle down for a batsman. These small things matter a lot and that's what he (Ponting) has been guiding us on. It has been just 3-4 days together but it feels like we have been together for a long while, so that's a good thing.”

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Asked what set the Indian juniors apart at the Under-19 World Cup, Shaw credited teamwork. “The main thing we learnt from the Under-19 World Cup journey was coming together as a team. Everyone contributed not just in practice but also in the game. Indian cricket has a lot more talent than anywhere else. We have good spinners who take a lot of wickets, that was a big advantage for us. Even our fast bowlers were really good and no one was able to judge them or play them properly,” he said.