India U-19 Team © Getty Images
India U-19 Team © Getty Images

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin on Tuesday hailed the U-19 Indian team which reached the final of the World Cup after annihilating Pakistan by 203 runs in the semi-final at the Hagley Oval in New Zealand, earlier in the day.

“They have done the nation proud. Today’s game..to get a team all out for 69 speaks volumes of the talent they possess. I hope they comeback with the World Cup. We have been winning the U-19 World Cup many times (thrice). We hope to win it for the fourth time as well,” Azharuddin told reporters here on the sidelines of Delhi Public School’s Annual sports Day.

Shubman Gill (102 not out) helped India to post 272 runs after opting to bat first. Later, medium-pacer Ishan Porel returned figures of 4/17 to bowl out Pakistan for 69 runs.

India will play Australia in the final at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on February 3.

Asked about young players getting fat Indian Premier League (IPL) pay cheques after the auctions, Azhar said it’s good for them to be getting the opportunity to rub shoulders with experienced players early on in their careers.

“It’s good enough if they get an opportunity early on in their career.”

The 54-year-old was asked about sought-after U-19 pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti who has so far grabbed seven wickets in five games.

“I have just seen him bowl one or two overs. He appears to be very good. We can make another Indian team out of these players. These batsmen look so good and the bowlers as well,” he said.