Quadrangular Under-19 Series, final April 15, 2012

Unmukt Chand century leads India to title

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India Under-19s 198 for 3 (Chand 112*) beat Australia Under-19s 194 for 9 (Buchanan 59, Hain 41*, Sandeep 4-51) by seven wickets
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India Under-19s captain Unmukt Chand led his side to the title with an unbeaten century as the visitors overhauled Australia Under-19s' 194 with seven wickets to spare in the final in Townsville. India had lost all their three league games but got an even chance for the title with the tournament format featuring semi-finals. Their bowlers justified their captain's decision to field , with medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma taking four wickets as Australia were kept to 194 for 9. Only opener Meyrick Buchanan and No. 7 Sam Hain were able to resist the India bowlers, all but one of whom were among the wickets.

Pat Cummins removed the India openers within seven overs but Chand single-handedly led the visitors to victory with a breezy hundred. Facing 127 deliveries for his 112, Chand hit nine fours and six sixes as India motored to victory in the 43rd over. Chand had made 75 runs in the three league games, but rose to the occasion in the knockout stages, his century in the final following a 94 against England Under-19s in the semi-finals. Chand plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, but missed the first quarter of the Twenty20 league, choosing to lead his country in this tournament.

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  • IamDan on April 18, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Great tournament, the Title is a great achievement for the Indian U19 team, but most people have missed the point of this whole 4 team series. It is about, developing, and nurturing young talent, all 4 Countries involved, gave their young players a chance to play in unusual conditions, and develop against some of the Worlds best junior players. The ACB, BCCI, ECB, & NZC, want their junior players better prepared than in the past, to step up to Senior Cricket, and be ready to play.

  • Naresh28 on April 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Fans always mock India (no talent) Our U19 and IndiaA has been winning tournaments in Australia for the last two years. Batting,fielding, and spin bowling looks good - exception is in the PACE department. Why do we lack good pace bowlers? For heavens sake someone setup a professional academy in INDIA to deal with this aspect. I wish Kapil Dev could do this. This is why India is NOT NO1 in cricket.

  • Felix_E on April 16, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    a team loses in all the league matches, but ends up as the champion. this is probably the most ridiculous format one would ever see. robs the sheer joy & pleasure of being a champion.

  • Harry_Kool on April 16, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @anshu.s. There is a huge variance of the types of pitches around Australia (less so with the test pitches). Bangladesh & Sri Lanka played test matches in Darwin & Cairns (cities in northern Australia & in the tropics) 7 or 8 years ago when the Aussies were at their peak, however the scores were not huge with both sides struggling in foreign batting conditions. I have played cricket in Asian & the UK as well as many places around Australia & would say that these pitches in the north are very unique. You summed up pretty well the areas we are lacking.

  • anshu.s on April 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @Harry_Kool ,i seem to have been misinformed about the nature of the pitch you being an Aussie must be knowing best.Patterson seems like a good bat he also scored a century on debut for NSW,look Aussies option as far as pace bowlers is concerned is well stacked but you guys need more genuine spinners and young batsmen with allround abilities against spin n fast bowling in all formats,could you shed some more info about this from current u-19 team ??

  • satish619chandar on April 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Lo.. We did need to consider the league matches as warmups and direct knockout tournament featuring ONLY four nations.. Though i am happy my team won, it looked rather funny to see such a schedule..

  • Meety on April 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Good to give the youngsters some quality matches. From an Ozzy POV, like to see how Paterson develops, (will he get many games for NSW next year?). Heard no injuries to Cummins (yet), so a good tournament!

  • cricket4every on April 16, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    yes v must hold trophy high, bcoz win is a win., but v need to think again, are v the real champions. after loosing 3 matches in league, to all the participating nations, still we are winners, What a surprise? we need to introspect ourselves, before sending our team for asia cup nd world cup. still i consider england nd australia are better teams.....selectors nd players, pls dont get carried away by this win.

  • Chris_P on April 16, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    @Sriraj G.S. I am not sure they were the worst side in the preliminary matches. They just fell short in their matches, but were competitive in all of them, & more importantly, they learnt! I hope these types of tournaments continue in all countries. All round, good experience for all involved.

  • on April 15, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Funny tournament considering India were the worst side in the league phases - being walloped heavily by even the NZ boys. I thought i was kind to let all 4 teams play a SF format and see how it has messed up - tourney's best side England out because of losing 1 match and 2nd best side Australia also out. Well, the organisers did have their instructions given.

  • IamDan on April 18, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Great tournament, the Title is a great achievement for the Indian U19 team, but most people have missed the point of this whole 4 team series. It is about, developing, and nurturing young talent, all 4 Countries involved, gave their young players a chance to play in unusual conditions, and develop against some of the Worlds best junior players. The ACB, BCCI, ECB, & NZC, want their junior players better prepared than in the past, to step up to Senior Cricket, and be ready to play.

  • Naresh28 on April 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Fans always mock India (no talent) Our U19 and IndiaA has been winning tournaments in Australia for the last two years. Batting,fielding, and spin bowling looks good - exception is in the PACE department. Why do we lack good pace bowlers? For heavens sake someone setup a professional academy in INDIA to deal with this aspect. I wish Kapil Dev could do this. This is why India is NOT NO1 in cricket.

  • Felix_E on April 16, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    a team loses in all the league matches, but ends up as the champion. this is probably the most ridiculous format one would ever see. robs the sheer joy & pleasure of being a champion.

  • Harry_Kool on April 16, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @anshu.s. There is a huge variance of the types of pitches around Australia (less so with the test pitches). Bangladesh & Sri Lanka played test matches in Darwin & Cairns (cities in northern Australia & in the tropics) 7 or 8 years ago when the Aussies were at their peak, however the scores were not huge with both sides struggling in foreign batting conditions. I have played cricket in Asian & the UK as well as many places around Australia & would say that these pitches in the north are very unique. You summed up pretty well the areas we are lacking.

  • anshu.s on April 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @Harry_Kool ,i seem to have been misinformed about the nature of the pitch you being an Aussie must be knowing best.Patterson seems like a good bat he also scored a century on debut for NSW,look Aussies option as far as pace bowlers is concerned is well stacked but you guys need more genuine spinners and young batsmen with allround abilities against spin n fast bowling in all formats,could you shed some more info about this from current u-19 team ??

  • satish619chandar on April 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Lo.. We did need to consider the league matches as warmups and direct knockout tournament featuring ONLY four nations.. Though i am happy my team won, it looked rather funny to see such a schedule..

  • Meety on April 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Good to give the youngsters some quality matches. From an Ozzy POV, like to see how Paterson develops, (will he get many games for NSW next year?). Heard no injuries to Cummins (yet), so a good tournament!

  • cricket4every on April 16, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    yes v must hold trophy high, bcoz win is a win., but v need to think again, are v the real champions. after loosing 3 matches in league, to all the participating nations, still we are winners, What a surprise? we need to introspect ourselves, before sending our team for asia cup nd world cup. still i consider england nd australia are better teams.....selectors nd players, pls dont get carried away by this win.

  • Chris_P on April 16, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    @Sriraj G.S. I am not sure they were the worst side in the preliminary matches. They just fell short in their matches, but were competitive in all of them, & more importantly, they learnt! I hope these types of tournaments continue in all countries. All round, good experience for all involved.

  • on April 15, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Funny tournament considering India were the worst side in the league phases - being walloped heavily by even the NZ boys. I thought i was kind to let all 4 teams play a SF format and see how it has messed up - tourney's best side England out because of losing 1 match and 2nd best side Australia also out. Well, the organisers did have their instructions given.

  • bvnathan on April 15, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Congrats to India U-19 team for winning the tournament. Not sure if India U-19 team would have played in the finals, after having lost all their 3 league matches. Two of those league matches (against Eng and Aus team) were close enough for a victory. Before jumping into another Virat Kohli per se player in the making, it is obvious that most the players and their capabilities are pretty unkown today. Definitely there may be players who may be groomed as future India players, but where is the plan and who is in-charge of these players to make the right decision ahead. Some of these players may even play IPL matches, but caution is the word before making any dreams. Even Virat who captained India U-19 team, did struggle to make an impact in the domestic matches, and wiser counsel prevailed on him to train harder and play better as a player. How about evaluating and identifying the potential on hand. India need to develop/groom 3-4 FAST bowlers from this age group for national duty

  • on April 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    kohli's U-19 team was a power packed team all match winners, menaria's team was not up to the mark, but this team looks settled unit- still fast bowling a worry , no one can bowl even 140 in this set up.

  • Shrineel on April 15, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Congrats guys... Unmukt Chand, you seem to be the second Virat Kohli!! But, unfortunately Virat Kohli had 100% win Captaincy Record in U-19 Record's. Smit Patel is another young talent. Keep going, guy's!! The U-19 World Cup is not far now...

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Well done boys..You are the future of indian cricket.

  • aryaan on April 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    first of all conratulation guys well done you guys make us proud when senior team consistently failing you guys make us happy by winning this tounament. above all i really like the spirit & emotion shown by Unmukut Chand by playing this tournament instead of playing lucrative IPL . when our seniors even like tendulkar or be it dhoni whom we think r very commited to the national team . goes after the IPL for money. when we r consistently losing. look at these senior guys mean stay unfit all the time when to play for national team . ipl comes right away everybody is fit & fine .from tendulkar to vinaykumar. look in england , west indies or australia. well lets not get too much into it . once again hearty congratulations from me

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    India's another Virat Kohli. His bright future for india!!!!!!!Let come soon for Team India!!!!!!!!!

  • Harry_Kool on April 15, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Good victory on a fairly flat track. @anshu.s. Let me assure you, Townsville is about as far away from a seaming track as you can possibly ever get. The pitches in northern Australia are within the tropics and totally different from pitches played in all the capital cities, but you only play on pitches presented to you. Not knowing the other other country's players I can only comment on a few of our players. Kurtis Patterson was probably the batsman of the tournament (but fell for 0 in the final), whilst some of the young Aussies are developing nicely. Cummins was only easing back into slowly and didn't really crank up, but showed he can wield the bat. This is always a good base for these yuongsters to develop.

  • Percy_Fender on April 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I wonder where Kiwi Rocker and Smithie are today.They wrote in their usual derogatory fashion after the Vizakapatnam U 19 matches in which India humiliated Australia. These boys are the new lot and could get back Team India to the highs they were on not very long back. It is amusing to see people using fancy names to conceal their identity in making these comments. Is it cowardice ?

  • Freddy001 on April 15, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Australia shouldve picked solway nd winter, how can u beat em if u dont have da best playin for ya

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Stupid tournament, to say the least... India did not win any of the matches in the league phase against Eng, Aus and NZ... Still they made it to semi's bcoz every team makes it to semi-final... Won the semi-final against Eng and final against Aus...

  • freemasons on April 15, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    some of the aussies were talking that these guys might struggle in aussie conditions when they were literally humiliated in vizag in sept last yr, guess who has the final laugh well done the youth of india

  • on April 15, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    India have bright future in cricket for sure !!!

  • Gizza on April 15, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    "Chand plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, but missed the first quarter of the Twenty20 league, choosing to lead his country in this tournament." Lovely to hear!

  • anshu.s on April 15, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Well done Indian boys !!! you have managed to win in Australian conditions,i know they initially struggled in first 3 matches but one got to remember they lost toss in all those matches and had to bat first on seaming,bouncing pitch.Unmukt Chand seems to be a very exiting prospect as are many others in the team,they are many others back in India who were not selected.Now one hopes to see all of them getting regular places in Ranji squads and then to better things.Our domestic state sides have been guilty of playing too many undeseving players (Read Veterans) who are cosy with powers to be.But lets be optimistic this time

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  • anshu.s on April 15, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Well done Indian boys !!! you have managed to win in Australian conditions,i know they initially struggled in first 3 matches but one got to remember they lost toss in all those matches and had to bat first on seaming,bouncing pitch.Unmukt Chand seems to be a very exiting prospect as are many others in the team,they are many others back in India who were not selected.Now one hopes to see all of them getting regular places in Ranji squads and then to better things.Our domestic state sides have been guilty of playing too many undeseving players (Read Veterans) who are cosy with powers to be.But lets be optimistic this time

  • Gizza on April 15, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    "Chand plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, but missed the first quarter of the Twenty20 league, choosing to lead his country in this tournament." Lovely to hear!

  • on April 15, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    India have bright future in cricket for sure !!!

  • freemasons on April 15, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    some of the aussies were talking that these guys might struggle in aussie conditions when they were literally humiliated in vizag in sept last yr, guess who has the final laugh well done the youth of india

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Stupid tournament, to say the least... India did not win any of the matches in the league phase against Eng, Aus and NZ... Still they made it to semi's bcoz every team makes it to semi-final... Won the semi-final against Eng and final against Aus...

  • Freddy001 on April 15, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Australia shouldve picked solway nd winter, how can u beat em if u dont have da best playin for ya

  • Percy_Fender on April 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I wonder where Kiwi Rocker and Smithie are today.They wrote in their usual derogatory fashion after the Vizakapatnam U 19 matches in which India humiliated Australia. These boys are the new lot and could get back Team India to the highs they were on not very long back. It is amusing to see people using fancy names to conceal their identity in making these comments. Is it cowardice ?

  • Harry_Kool on April 15, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Good victory on a fairly flat track. @anshu.s. Let me assure you, Townsville is about as far away from a seaming track as you can possibly ever get. The pitches in northern Australia are within the tropics and totally different from pitches played in all the capital cities, but you only play on pitches presented to you. Not knowing the other other country's players I can only comment on a few of our players. Kurtis Patterson was probably the batsman of the tournament (but fell for 0 in the final), whilst some of the young Aussies are developing nicely. Cummins was only easing back into slowly and didn't really crank up, but showed he can wield the bat. This is always a good base for these yuongsters to develop.

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    India's another Virat Kohli. His bright future for india!!!!!!!Let come soon for Team India!!!!!!!!!

  • aryaan on April 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    first of all conratulation guys well done you guys make us proud when senior team consistently failing you guys make us happy by winning this tounament. above all i really like the spirit & emotion shown by Unmukut Chand by playing this tournament instead of playing lucrative IPL . when our seniors even like tendulkar or be it dhoni whom we think r very commited to the national team . goes after the IPL for money. when we r consistently losing. look at these senior guys mean stay unfit all the time when to play for national team . ipl comes right away everybody is fit & fine .from tendulkar to vinaykumar. look in england , west indies or australia. well lets not get too much into it . once again hearty congratulations from me