[caption id="attachment_673904" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Prithvi-Shaw-1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-673904" alt="Prithvi Shaw Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Prithvi-Shaw-1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Prithvi Shaw Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>India captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> gave the national U-19 cricket team a quick pep talk here on Wednesday ahead of their departure for the U-19 World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli who captained India's successful team to the U-19 World Cup in 2008, praised current U-19 skipper<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/prithvi-shaw"> Prithvi Shaw</a>, hailing him as a special talent. <p></p> <p></p>Shaw has already scored five centuries in first class cricket and is expected to be one of the bulwarks of the Indian batting line-up at the U-19 World Cup which is scheduled to start in New Zealand on January 13. <p></p> <p></p>"I am also excited about Prithvi. I have heard a lot about him and Ravi Bhai (Shashtri) has also told me many things about him. He has had a lot of good performances in first-class cricket, which is rarely seen," Kohli told the media. <p></p> <p></p>"He has been made the captain ahead of the boys, who have played U-19, there is special ability in him, that we have seen," he added. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli also asserted that he has agreed to a request from India U-19 coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rahul-dracid/ ">Rahul Dravid</a> and will spend some with the boys and give them crucial advice ahead of their departure for New Zealad on Wednesday night. <p></p> <p></p>"Yes I will be meeting the U-19 boys after my press conference. Rahul bhai spoke to me and said that I should talk to them before leaving," Kohli said.