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Promising batsman Virat Singh has been named as one of the probables for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Dubai from February 14 to March 1.

It came as no surprise that the 17-year-old Jamshedpur lad figured in the 30-member list announced by BCCI on Wednesday as the left-hander had three centuries under his belt this season.

The stylish southpaw, skipper of the state colt outfit, had struck 190 versus Andhra Pradesh and an unbeaten 120 versus Assam in the Cooch Behar Trophy, before coming up with a fine unconquered knock of 146 against West Zone in the inter-zonal tournament held in Indore.

“Well, I’m happy to be among the probables for the World Cup. Hope to make it to the 15-member national squad,” Virat told The Telegraph.

A fine prospect, Virat, who is being groomed for the senior tournaments (read Ranji Trophy), said he was in fine nick and runs were flowing from his broad willow.

“I am very satisfied with my unbeaten century against Assam. The ton came when we were going for an outright win. It has boosted my confidence,” the standard XI student of DBMS English School added.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s assistant secretary Ashim Kumar Singh said Virat had performed well this season and was expected to make it to the national squad.

“He (Virat) is a fine talent and has a long way to go,” Singh added.

Virat, however, said that he would take one match at a time.

“I will give my 100 per cent in whatever level I play for,” he added.

When asked whom he idolised, the youngster said there was none as such, but he liked the batting skills of Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Hussey and Kumar Sangakkara.

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