Prest, Dhull Savour The Big Occasion

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Prest, Dhull Savour The Big OccasionEngland will face India in Antigua in the final of the U19 World Cup of 2022

For the first time in 24 years, England will play in a final of the Under-19 World Cup. It's a big occasion for the team, one that captain Tom Prest believes is a stuff of dreams.

“I don't know if we can believe it at the moment, we're going to be playing in a World Cup final,” Prest said on Friday. “It's something you dream of growing up, so we're all really excited and can't wait to play.”

Even as he believes that India will be the favourites in the final, with their spinners likely to be tricky to maneuver, he is confident that the team will be able to cope up with the challenge.

“I think coming into the tournament they were favourites that everyone tipped to win the tournament,” Prest admitted but went on to add, “They have obviously got some very good spinners but we've had experience playing sub-continental sides, we went to Sri Lanka just before Christmas. We've all got our own individual plans, whether that is sweeping or using our feet. But we are confident we can put up a good show.

To congratulate them on the effort and to give them some valuable advice, several players of the senior national side – Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Saqib Mahmood and Jos Buttler, among others – reached out to Prest's team in the build-up to the game, as also did former spinner Graeme Swann, who is at the world cup as a part of the commentary team.

“They were saying that how impressed they have been with us and proud of what we have done getting to our first Under-19 final in 24 years. It's amazing to know they have been watching and following from whatever they have been doing.”

Speaking of Swann's advice, Prest said, “[He explained] How big momentum is in these tournaments and to not get complacent. He said in our game against Canada, we won it convincingly but our last ten overs looked a bit slack because we knew we had already won the game. Hearing that from him that it didn't look great from the outside gave us a kick in the right direction that we can't get complacent regardless of the stage or situation of the game.”

Their opponents on Saturday, India, will be playing their fourth final on a bounce, having also won the 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2018 editions previously. Yash Dhull, the skipper, is aware of the approach England might take to unsettle India in the big contest, and said, “The challenge against England is that they play in an attacking mode. They dominate well, and they don't let go of the attacking mode even if they lose 2-3 wickets. So we'll try to stick to our plans and bowl as many dot balls as possible.”

Dhull has come to terms with the pressure of expectations that his team will carry, and believes that it is a part of the game that no one can run away from. Much like the English, the Indian players too got a pep talk from former captain Virat Kohli, who had led India Under-19 to victory in the 2008 edition.

“He gave us his best wishes as the team is doing well,” Dhull said. “So his words will give us confidence. When a senior player speaks with the team, the team morale gets a boost. He spoke to us about some basic things such as how to play normal cricket, how to stick to our game plan etc. It was good to interact with him.”

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