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Zol: We’re the team to beat

Calcutta: Captain Vijay Zol feels that India will be the team to watch out for in the U-19 World Cup because of the defending champions tag. According to Zol, the format of the tournament is an exciting one.

“As the defending champion, India will be marked out from the start as the team to beat. The tournament format is very exciting, and apart from its arch-rival Pakistan, India also has two competent and motivated sides in Scotland and Papua New Guinea to contend with,” Zol said.

On the match against Pakistan, Zol said: “While it is always special and different to play against Pakistan as opposed to playing against anyone else, we won’t feel any added pressure in that game.

“Having beaten them in the recent ACC U-19 Asia Cup final in the UAE recently, we feel we may just have the psychological edge in that match.” Mohammed Kaif inspired India to the title in Sri Lanka in 2000, while Virat Kohli in Malaysia .