New Delhi: The Under-19 World Cup kicks off in Queensland, Australia on August 11, and West Indies, the third seeds, are expected to be the only serious threat to India, twice champions in the past, in the group stages and push India against topping the group in qualifying for the Super League. Apart from India and West Indies, Group C has Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in contention.
"It is heartening to have more than a billion people behind us. We will do our best to make them happy," said Unmukt Chand, captain of the Indian team.
West Indies is led by Kraigg Brathwaite, a 'veteran' of nine Test matches. Apart from Brathwaite, Ronsford Beaton, Kavem Hodge and Amir Khan are the only ones in the team to have played first-class cricket. "We expect to play good cricket and if we do, we expect to advance to the second round and beyond. But we will not underestimate the opponents. Cricket is a great game and you have to be at your best at all times, no matter who you play against," said Brathwaite.