Durban, Jan 31 (PTI) India captain Virat Kohli today backed the national U-19 squad to win the World Cup final against Australia and said he will be closely tracking the title clash on Saturday. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

“It feels amazing (to see them do well). I interacted with them before they left and it s a lovely bunch of boys. Also Read - 'Jammu And Kashmir to Reopen For Tourism Soon', Says J&K Administration

Compared to our lot (when India won in 2008 under Kohli), the confidence levels are somewhere else which is a great sign,” said Kohli ahead of the first ODI against South Africa tomorrow. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre Announces Guidelines For Unlock 2, Lockdown Till July 31 in Containment Zones

“You ll see many people making a strong statement for themselves much earlier than we all did. They ve done amazingly well and the semifinal (against Pakistan) was an amazing game.”

Kohli said the boys look set to win a record fourth U-19 world title.

“Playing such a high pressure game (against Pakistan), they really stood up and that s what you want to see. You want to see people standing up when it s needed the most. I want to wish them all the very best for the final.

“We ll all be following very keenly and we ll be eagerly waiting to see them lift the cup again. I believe they have the talent, and they believe in that much more than I do, which I think is very, very important,” he signed off.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.