Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar advised Mumbai youngsters Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena, who have made it to India's U-19 World Cup squad, to deliver at the showpiece event and grab the opportunity that has come their way.
Jaiswal and Saxena, who play for Dadar Union, were felicitated by Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane in presence of Vengsarkar and former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar.
Vengsarkar, a veteran of 116 Tests, said, "It is a great opportunity for both of them, because they are excellent players, have come on merit, scored heavily in U-19 tournaments -- against South Africa, England or Australia and they have come to a stage in their career, where they have to raise the bar."
The former chairman of national selection committee stressed on performing in important events like the World Cup.
"So when you get it (opportunity) you have to grab it with both hands, that's very important. In cricket you have to grab these opportunities. There is a very big event and it is very important to deliver," said Vengsarkar.
Recalling the words of a former North Zone player that Test cricket is the real test, Vengsarkar added, "So that is why I am saying this is a big opportunity for these guys and everyone will watch you, it is big event World Cup. India has done extremely well in last 4-5 World Cups, so this year also it is an important event and wish you success."
Rahane, on his part, told the youngsters to play in the same way they have been playing.
"My message is: don't take any pressure. Events like this inspires us and we want to do well for our country. The way you have been playing, play the same way and there is no need to change your game. Dilip Sir said you have to score runs in big events and that is the mindset, but if you will take one game at a time, you can achieve your goal," Rahane said in Marathi.
Ankolekar, who is a spinner, is the third player from Mumbai to make the India squad. The ICC U-19 World Cup will be held next January in South Africa.
Bangar heaped praise on Jaiswal, saying he has come a long way from the U-19 level by scoring for Mumbai.
"Yashasvi has progressed to a level higher than India U-19 because he has performed so well for Mumbai in ODIs and he got three 100s and one was a double hundred. Having performed at the first-class will help him when he goes out and plays for India as he is going to be the main player for India in the event," he said.
"Divyansh has also gone through various hardships, he is also prolific performer."
Dravid's batting tips helped me immensely: Jaiswal
Young prodigy Jaiswal said batting stalwart Rahul Dravid had advised him to focus on each ball and this suggestion immensely helped him.
The 17-year-old Mumbai batsman has become one of the most talked about cricketers after his sterling performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Rahul (Dravid) sir guides us so well. His plans for a practice session are so clear that we know well in advance of a practice session about areas to work on.
"He advised me to focus on one ball at a time and its helped me immensely, Jaiswal, selected in the Indian squad for 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, told reporters.
Dravid is NCA director and India A and U-19 coach.
The duo plays for the iconic Dadar Union, which has produced several Test cricketers.
Jaiswal said he would treat the 50-over World Cup like any another assignment and stick to the process he has been following till now.
I will just try to treat it like just another assignment and stick to the same process that I have followed all along.
"I anyway don't think too much about results, so I will just stick to my routine and will try to give my best, he said.
Jaiswal, who comes from a humble background, played for the senior Mumbai team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he slammed three hundreds, including a double ton.
Both are excellent platforms but they have their own challenges. The senior domestic set-up has oppositions with so much of experience so they plan better than U-19 but even U-19 isn't easy.
"With the experience at the senior level, I felt I had to optimise my experience. It taught me a lot to be consistent, added Jaiswal.
Saxena, on his part, said his immediate target would be to settle in conditions in South Africa, where the U-19 World Cup will be played in January-February.
Saxena said Dravid is open to a discussion and tells him about mental preparation for matches.