There will always be a special case: Dravid

Rahul Dravid, who has been the head-coach of the India A and the Under-19 team from mid-2015, said there is a chance for an outlier from the under-19 side to get into the senior team.

"It’s great to have Prithvi (Shaw) in the side and along with him, there are five-six guys who have played at some level of first-class or limited-overs," Rahul Dravid, India Under-19 head-coach said.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Rahul Dravid, who has been the head-coach of the India A and the Under-19 team from mid-2015, said there is a chance for an outlier from the under-19 team to get into the senior team.

Asked if the perception of fast-tracking under-19 players into the national team -that existed when Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif were given the big breaks - has changed, Dravid said: “There will always be an odd special case who comes out of the blue and does exceptionally well in the under-19. If there is an opportunity in the Indian team, he is given it. I keep telling these boys if not the Indian team, I would love to see them in the India A side."

For the second time, Dravid will guide the India under-19 team through the ICC under-19 World Cup, this time in New Zealand. He expressed happiness at some players having played first-class cricket. "It’s great to have Prithvi (Shaw) in the side and along with him, there are five-six guys who have played at some level of first-class or limited-overs. Even in the last team (that played in Bangladesh), there were guys who had first-class exposure. It’s nice for them to bring that experience into the World Cup. “