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U-19 World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar pep talk ahead of opener

India women’s team all set to test their mettle in the inaugural tournament in South Africa

Our Bureau Dubai Published 14.01.23, 05:08 AM
Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar. File picture

The India Women’s U-19 team, all set to test their mettle in the inaugural U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, has been offered words of encouragement from Sachin Tendulkar.

Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh, who are familiar faces in the senior India Women’s team, are part of the 15-member squad. India begin their campaign against hosts South Africa in Benoni on Saturday.

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“I would say that the women’s team has the capability to be one of the standout sides this time,” Tendulkar wrote in a column for the ICC.

“The team has a good balance of few experienced players as well as young talented prospects both in the batting as well as bowling department.”

As many as 16 teams will compete in the tournament, which will comprise 41 matches, and Tendulkar feels the ICC event will have a massive impact on the landscape of women’s cricket.

“The Under-19 event is a first-time event and one that holds a lot of promise. I think this can transform the landscape, since a global platform will ensure great learning for young women cricketers.

“Though women’s cricket has made huge strides, there are areas still to be tapped. I feel the inaugural tournament will ensure that happens.”

Written with inputs from PTI

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