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U19 World Cup preview: India begin campaign against South Africa with eye on record fifth title

India begin their ICC Men’s Under-19 World Cup 2022 campaign in Guyana on Saturday with a Group B clash against South Africa. Led by Yash Dhull, India will be eyeing a record fifth title.

India have won the men’s U19 World Cup a record four times and also finished runners-up on three occasions. In the previous edition of the tournament, played in South Africa in 2020, India lost to Bangladesh in the final.

Speaking ahead of India’s opener, head coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar said his side will look to set short targets in the tournament.

“There is a huge legacy since India has done so well in this tournament. It doesn’t help that we have won four times. There is a new team, so you have to start afresh,” Kanitkar said during an online media interaction ahead of the marquee event.

“We don’t want to look too far ahead at things like the IPL auction and the Ranji Trophy. What we need to do is to just focus on what we can do in this tournament. We, as a coaching unit, keep them focussed on what they can do in the short term,” he added.

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