Under-19 World Cup 2014

Atit Sheth back in India squad for U-19 World Cup

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January 13, 2014

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India Under-19s celebrate their World Cup triumph, Australia v India, ICC U-19 World Cup, final, Townsville, August 26, 2012
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The India-U19s selectors have not tinkered much with the combination that won the Asia Cup in the UAE earlier this month, making just one change in the 15-player squad named for the World Cup - which will be played at the same venues - in February: medium-pacer Atit Sheth comes in, in place of left-armer Rishi Arothe.

Pritam Chakraborty, who was in the Asia Cup sixteen, misses out as he will be overage by the time the World Cup begins.

Vijay Zol, who had scored a match-winning hundred for the team against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final, will continue to lead. Zol also played a key role for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final last week, scoring an unbeaten 91 to help them run down a target of 252 to dump domestic giants Mumbai out of the competition. He is one of only two players in the squad with previous World Cup experience, having been part of the squad that won the title in Australia in 2012. The other is batsman Akhil Herwadkar, who had scored a century and a fifty in five games in the Asia Cup.

Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who made headlines last week after he was the youngest player retained by an IPL franchise ahead of the 2014 season - he was held back by Rajasthan Royals - is also part of the fifteen. Samson had also scored a hundred in the Asia Cup final.

Sheth is not a completely new face on the U-19 circuit, having played in the away series against Sri Lanka in August 2013, and the quadrangular series in Visakhapatnam in September that also included Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He played four games in all, in those two series, claiming five wickets.

Bharat Arun, the long-time India U-19 coach, who was also part of the successful World Cup campaign in 2012, will continue to coach the side.

India are slotted into Group A at the World Cup, with Pakistan, Scotland and Papua New Guinea. Their opening game is against Pakistan, on February 15, in Dubai.

Squad: Vijay Zol (capt), Akhil Herwadkar, Ankush Bains, Ricky Bhui, Sanju Samson (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Amir Gani, Karan Kaila, Chama Milind, Avesh Khan, Monu Kumar, Atit Sheth

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Posted by Naresh28 on (January 20, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

@vijayabaskar - Sorry I meant the disappointment of not seeing Chand rise after his achievements at U19 level in the past. I know he is past being in the current team so is a (20 year old fast bowler) Umar Nazir. Fans says he is fast in Ranji matches. What I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS INDIA UNEARTH ANOTHER VIRAT KHOLI type of player. ZOL comes close to achieving this - sure we will see him rise up the ranks.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

The list missed the talented aparajith in the squad. He is a talented all-rounder.

Posted by anshu.s on (January 15, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

I agree with views put forth by @rohan024,Well done to our Indian boys !!! obviously lot of praise is being showered on Samson and Zol but IMO they have outgrown this level and should be playing for India A, i am also very exited about Ankush Bains he is a explosive stroke player and both he and Samson both are Delhi boys and were coached by the same coach before leaving Delhi because of DDCA politics,Similarly Sarfaraz Khan is another latest young batting star from Mumbai.Among bowlers Avesh Khan is quite quick and left arm Chinaman from UP Kuldeep Yadav takes wickets in heaps for there u-19 side, i haven't seen rest of the guys to pass a qualified judgement but i believe they will all be similarly talented and don't forget they are many who coudn't make the u 19 squad, from previous squads i see likes of Shubham Khajuria of j&k and Mohd Saif of UP missing, best of luck to the boys atleast we will get to see all India matches live on TV !!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 14, 2014, 21:00 GMT)

@LionsofLanka: Thanks for the comedy. We can always rely on a jealous fan who cannot accept reality to provide us with light relief.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 14, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

The cup is for India or Pak

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

Since this World Cup is in Asia, it will be a cakewalk for India!

Posted by rohan024 on (January 14, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

totally stupid decision. Winning the U-19 cups can't be the sole ambition, the board needs to give itself a chance to unearth new talent during such age group tournaments. Wots the point Samson and Zol playing alongside U-19 kids when they have already proved that they belong to bigger league. Would it mean anything if either of them score a century against a bunch of kids, who might be of the same age but far underdeveloped as cricketers? Instead we should have sent new guys, who would have got a chance to showcase their talent, doesn't matter if we win the cup or not. Zol/Samson have nothing to gain in this tournament.

Posted by Lalz on (January 14, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Waiting to see our young generation perform. But still I would like to have our Indian grounds little more bowler friendly which is better to find better bowlers and batters.. Also need to have away tours for performing players for getting exposed on foreign conditions..

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 14, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

A nice group of up and comers here for Indian cricket - good to see the fast bowlers selected - Zaheer and Sharma have under-performed in recent times

Posted by android_user on (January 14, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

@Lionsoflanka: The groups are decided by lots and not by the management.

Posted by android_user on (January 14, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

@Naresh28: U Chand is almost 21 now and he can't play Under 19 anymore.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (January 14, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Group D is strongest group of all groups whereas Group A is being weakest & IND get benefited for having teams like Pakistan, Scotland and Papua New Guinea. Group B & C are also having 3 strong teams in each of them whereas as IND got 3 weakest team of the world cricket, one of which Pakistan who had been thrashed by Sri Lanka most recently concluded Test match. Kenya, Ireland or Netherland should have been there instead of Pakistan & Papua New Guinea. As a SL fan, I am disappointed but that will make our team more competitive in group stages resulting into better chances of advancing further in next rounds. Since 2 of each group go through to quarters, Ind & Scots from A, Aus & Afghans from B, SA & WI from C and SL & one of between Nzl or Eng will advance. Bottom 2 will fight for plate championship quarter-finals, Pakistan & BD will struggled there too.

Posted by Naresh28 on (January 14, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

U19 team has to start all over again. They won the last WC through sheer hard work as a team - when one failed another stood up to take the baton. I hope this team also has the same virtues. ONE WONDERS WHAT HAPPENNED to CHAND after a successful last WC. He was the rock on which team victories were achieved. At least ZOL and Herwadkar are there from the last WC. Sanju Sampson has shown remarkable maturity behond his age and should aim at higher heights.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

zol and samson are future indian players...waiting for their reign in the world cup...

Posted by lefthandopener on (January 14, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

@yousufahmed11you are mistaken dude your pak will cant even reach to final you seen resenly in that india thrash pak.this time also ind U-19 win the world cup

Posted by rajcl on (January 14, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed11,,dude u have 1 rock star but we have 2 zol & sam

Posted by ForTeamIndia on (January 14, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

I would have loved to see Arman Jaffer in the squad.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

@Yousufahmed11: So cute!! Come to reality dude!!!

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (January 14, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

Sami Aslam will definitely lead ours to the title. Sorry Ind fans you are just the runner up.

Posted by android_user on (January 14, 2014, 0:41 GMT)

good luck for the U19 lads ... they have a capable captain in Zol and many other matured players... hope they win it again this time..

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

remember u heard it 1st from me , SARFARAZ KHAN will be next dhoni like finisher in few years for TEAM INDIA.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

@bhushanB bring back that cup....the cup is ours at the moment remember? We won it last time...these lads have to retail the glory and I am sure they are talented enough to do the same. The maturity displayed by Zol and Samson in different times is to be taken into account.Deepak Hooda n Sarfaraz Khan are other talents who will grab the attention. I feel it will be between India and Pakistan to win with the WC in UAE.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

It'll be interesting to see whether Sanju Samson keeps wickets for the team or play as a batsman only. Sanju has shown a preference for the latter in First Class cricket, and the India U-19s have Ankit Bains as a possible wicketkeeping option.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Is their any news about the Indian cricket team's new jersey? with the star logo?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

A perfect squad for World cup. Best of luck ZOL and company.......

Posted by bhushanB on (January 13, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

@CricketMaan... I doubt if the U-19 bowling starts fail to advance.. or the management fails to recognize and provide opportunities for them two advance....

After repeated failure after failure they pick the same set of bowlers for the last three years...for reasons mostly known to most people... so how does an young bowler make advance?

Posted by bhushanB on (January 13, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Good luck Guys... kept hearing the name Zol for a few months now.. hope he makes it big to the next level... but first get us back that cup...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Would love to see V.Zol playing in this tournament :)

His 2 straight drives of Zaheer Khan in the QF Ranji match shows how much talent he has got.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 13, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

Amazing that our U-19 still keeps winning overseas with a good bowling unit and ofcourse a great batting unit, but somewhere down the line these U-19 bowling stars fail to advance and shine for India. There have been a few that did go on a make it BIG, but they are not the Steyns and Lees. One hopes that India does find a Steyn in coming future, but the system has to enable such a freak to come on board and take off! In the meanwhile there seems to be no dreath with batting talents, they just keep coming!

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