The mystery man behind India’s U-19 pace battery

Watch India’s young quicks in action as they continue their charge to capture the ICC U-19 World Cup.

The Indian team is off to a flying start at the ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. With commanding wins over Australia, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, the Prithvi Shaw-led side have been the best side in the tournament so far.

While it’s their batsmen, led by skipper Shaw, Shubman Gill and Harvik Desai, who have garnered much of the attention, the bowlers too have been not much far.

The team, coached by the wall of Indian cricket — Rahul Dravid, have surprised many with with some serious fast bowling arsenal. Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, have been the pick of the bowlers so far, terrorising batsmen with their pace and swing. The credit for this should go to the bowling coach of this side, Paras Mhambrey.

Though he hasn’t played much at the international stage — with just two Tests and three ODIs under his belt — the former Mumbai pacer has been in the coaching circuit for long, having coached Maharashtra, Bengal and Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy before joining the youth set-up.

With six wickets in the first three matches, Noida’s Shivam Mavi has been in tremendous rhythm. Watch him destroy the furniture of Papua New Guinea’ Heagi Toua with an in-swinging yorker.

After having topped the group stage India will hoping that their fast bowling unit continues to wreak havoc and take them to the summit on February 3.

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