Rahul Dravid India
Rahul Dravid believes India have been placed in a difficult groupReuters

Ishan Kishan has been picked to captain the India team which will look to clinch the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup title early next year.

The selectors picked a 15-man squad for the 27 January-14 February tournament to be held in Bangladesh, with the batting legend Rahul Dravid set to coach the side.

Dravid is confident the team have enough resources to march to another junior-level world title.

"I think we've got a very good balanced side, especially for the conditions," Dravid was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "We were looking for different kinds of skill sets.

"The fast bowlers have been quite exceptional in both the tournaments, which has been a really good sign. We've got a couple of good spinners coming through as well and a lot of all-rounders who can chip in especially in the spin bowling department."

Apart from the captain, one of the more familiar names in the lineup is Sarfaraz Khan, the batsman who made such an impact in last season's IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The talented right-hander will know a good show in such a big tournament, and that too under Dravid, could help him move up to the India senior squad soon. Of course, that can be said of pretty much every player in the squad.

India are in Group D with New Zealand, Australia and Nepal and the youngsters will be confident of getting out of the group and moving onto the knockout stages, even if Dravid is of the opinion all three of their opponents are strong teams.

"We're in a pretty tough group," Dravid added. "It's with two Full Member sides and Nepal, who have done quite well in the Under-19 level.

"In a tight group like this with only three games there's actually no chance for even a single slipup."

Squad: Ishan Kishan (C), Rishabh Pant (VC), Washington Sundar, Sarfaraz Khan, Amandeep Khare, Anmolpreet Singh, Arman Jaffer, Ricky Bhui, Mayank Dagar, Zeeshan Ansari, Mahipal Lomror, Avesh Khan, Shubham Mavi, Khaleel Ahmed, Rahul Batham.

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