Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New flowers-new buds

SreeNair | 9:47 PM | |

The Indian colts have proved their mettle to announce vociferously that they are in their way of their seniors by lifting the world under 19 title 2012 at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, Queensland, on Sunday. The Indians defeated the formidable hosts and defending champions Australia with six wickets and 14 balls left to lift its third World Cup in the final here on Sunday.

The chase was steered around by the captain, Unmukt Chand leading from the front with a magnificent hundred as the India under-19 team steered past the hosts target of 226 on a bouncy strip with 14 balls to spare.He scored 111 not out off 130 balls. With his unbroken partnership of 130 runs with wicketkeeper Smit Patel,the game was wounded up.

After Prashant Chopra was out ,the skipper and the in-form batsman Aparajith (33) took the attack to the opposition camp. The duo added 73 for the second wicket playing the Aussie pace trio of Steketee, Joel Paris and Gurinder Sandhu with ease.Earlier, India frittered away the early advantage as defending champion Australia recovered from a shaky start to post a competitive 225 for eight.

Electing to field after winning the toss, Indians had the Aussies on the mat at 38 for four before skipper William Bosisto (87 not out) rebuilt the innings with the help of some notable contributions down the order from Tavis Head (37) and Turner.

Colts ‘veteran’ Sandeep Sharma who got four for 54 was the most successful bowler.

It was in april last the Indian team under the stewardshp of Dhoni has brought the cup home after a long wait of of 20 years. The truimph of both the modes have proclaimed that the future of cricket is safe in the hands of these youngsters.

"This victory has added another feather in the crown of Indian cricket," Ansari said noting that India now holds both the senior a nd junior world titles. Complimenting the Indian team for winning the Under-19 cricket World Cup in Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly said the victory was special since it came on Australian soil.

This was the India under-19 team’s third triumph after Mohammed Kaif and Virat Kohli led their respective teams to victory in the 2000 and 2008 editions respectively. India Under-19 skipper Unmukt Chand hit an unbeaten 111 in seamer-friendly conditions to lead India to a six-wicket win over Australia in the final .he displayed exemplary class and returned with an unbeaten 111 to guide India home. In doing that he followed his illustrious Delhi counterpart Virat Kohli, who also led India to victory in the 2008 edition in Kuala Lumpur.

His attacking style of play has also earned him a contract with the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. He found an able ally in wicket keeper Smit Patel, whose winning hit to the boundary saw him remaining unbeaten on 62.It was a dream come true for the Indian colts.

In the semifinals Chopra struck a patient 52 while aparajith scored 44 in Indias 209 for nine.A disciplined bowling effort restricted NewZealand for 200 for nine in the 2nd semifinal at the Tony Ireland stadium.India made the run chase extremely tough for the Kewis with their superiority in the spin department. They chalked out a nine run victory against New Zealand to enter in to the finals for the fourth time.

In the finals luck, too, went India's way. Smit capitalized on Aussie wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson letting go off a regulation chance and didn't look back, and Unmukt himself was dropped by the rival captain Bosisto on 84 with 49 required off 42 balls.The result was reaped after the 2 years of torrid training under the coaching of Bharuth Arun .

India Under-19 coach Bharat Arun said: “I had reminded Unmukt about his knack of playing big knocks in the final stages and he really saved his best for the last. He played a very mature innings. The boys truly deserve this win.”

It was none too easy to chase a mammoth total in a pitch which gave all support for the bowlers where the life of batsmen was at peril. Although Mukth didnot fair well in the debut premier league last season ,he has exhibited the glimps of his talent with which he sailed the team from the staring defeat.The splendid innings in the final testifies that the trust shown by ICC by anointing him as the captain has not been squandered .Padding as the opener he returned back unconquired with the cup exquisitely completing his errant in style.

Though the star of the final was Unmuktha it was more or less a team work.After the early defeat at the hands of WI,the team neve looked back and clinched the final with out any further loss.Apart with him the colective efforts from inform opener Prashanth Chopra,Vijay Soal,Wicket keeper batsman Smith patel, All rounder Baba Aparaajith,Bowlers Sandheep Sharma,Ravikanth Singh,Kamal Passi,Harmeet singh paid rich dividends.Their effors in one or the other game has helped the team to win.

It can be assured that many amongst these young stars will get in to the team in future.Consistant bowling and batting has enabled the team to emerge as the truimphant.Australians had been able to put up a decent target only because of the discoloured bowling department and the mediocre fielding.

The BCCI on Sunday announced a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh each for members of the Indian team which lifted its third Under-19 World Cup title.

Parliament today congratulated the under-19 Indian cricket team for winning the World Cup in Australia.

"The Indian Cricket Team achieved this incredible feat during the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup beating Australia in Townsville, Austr alia," Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said amid thumping of desks by members.

The 2nd chapter of the cup took 10 years since the first show of junior world cup in 1988 .Now the cup will be staged once in every 2 years. This was India's under-19 team’s third triumph after Mohammed Kaif and Virat Kohli led their teams to victory in the 2000 and 2008 editions respectively. Indians share the glory of winning the cup for the maximum number of times(3 times) with Australia .In 2000 the cup was brought home under the captaincy of Kaif and in 2008 under Kohli. There are emerging players who could fill the vacum left by Saurav,dravid and VVS.The draught in pace bowling will be filled up by the playeres from this team.Some of them will essentially come to the surface in the years to come.

Ganguly expressed confidence that the pool of young players would provide the base for the Indian cricket in the years to come."It is still early days. Indian cricket is always strong. But Under-19 is the base from which future generation players are developed. You see Virat Kohli, three or four years ago, he was the Under-19 captain who won the World Cup also.

"It is the base from which future players come in," he said, when asked how he saw the road ahead for the players who won the World Cup.


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