ICC Under-19 World Cup

Samson, Kuldeep propel India to massive win

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February 19, 2014

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Sanju Samson drives through the off side, ICC Under-19 World Cup, India v Scotland, Dubai, February 17, 2014
File photo - Sanju Samson struck eight fours and four sixes in his 48-ball 85 © ICC

A 48-ball 85 from Sanju Samson powered India Under-19s to a 245-run win over Papua New Guinea Under-19s in Sharjah. India's victory margin was the seventh-biggest in the history of youth ODIs.

Opting to bat, India started strongly, with Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar putting on 58 in 11.2 overs. PNG's bowlers then put the brakes on India's scoring, as Vijay Zol and Bains went 83 balls without hitting a boundary till Bains pulled offspinner Hiri Hiri for a six to bring up his half-century in the 29th over. Seamer Alei Nao then ended their 74-run stand by bowling Zol for 35, and struck again in his next over to remove Bains for 59. India, at that point, were 139 for 3 in the 33rd over, their run rate well under 5 an over.

The batting Powerplay, which India took at the start of the 36th over, changed everything. Samson went berserk, hitting Sakavai Gebai, over the course of his seventh and eighth overs, for a sequence that read 6, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 6, hitting him hard, clean, and to both sides of the pitch. In between, Shreyas Iyer hit Kabua Morea for two fours in an over, as India took 54 from their five Powerplay overs.

Samson struck three more fours and two more sixes, and was dropped three times in two overs, before he was finally out in the 47th over. An unbeaten 18-ball 34 from Sarfaraz Khan propelled India's total to 301.

PNG's reply went nowhere, after Monu Kumar struck twice in his first over to leave them 3 for 2. A 30-run partnership between Riley Hekure and Dogodo Bau steadied their innings somewhat, before left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav ran through their batting to finish with figures of 4 for 10. PNG lost their last six wickets for four runs, and were bowled out for 56 in 28.2 overs. Medium-pacer Monu finished with three wickets, while offspinner Deepak Hooda took two.

Pakistan Under-19s joined India in the quarter-finals from Group A, after a 146-run win over Scotland Under-19s in Dubai. A century from Imam-ul-Haq guided Pakistan to 308 for 7, before a five-wicket haul from legspinner Karamat Ali helped them bowl Scotland out for 162 in 39.5 overs.

Pakistan lost captain Sami Aslam early, but Imam and Hasan Raza shared a 159-run second-wicket partnership before Raza was out to offspinner Ross McLean for an 89-ball 57. The left-handed Imam then put on 69 with Saud Shakeel for the third wicket, and was finally out for 133, having faced 137 balls and struck 13 fours and a six. Shakeel scored a 34-ball 40 and Kamran Ghulam struck a 16-ball 34 to push Pakistan past the 300-run mark. Medium-pacer Chris Sole was Scotland's most successful bowler, with figures of 3 for 69.

Barring opener Andrew Umeed, none of Scotland's top order had any answer to Pakistan's bowlers. Four of the top five fell for single-digit scores, three of them to Karamat, as Scotland crawled to 64 for 4 in 21.5 overs. Umeed then added 42 with Kyle Stirling for the fifth wicket and 30 with Alex Baum for the sixth, before he was out for a 100-ball 65. Umeed's wicket triggered a collapse, as Scotland lost their last five wickets for just 26 runs.

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Posted by Listen-up on (February 22, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

India is out of the cup. Is there any point in keeping the story of their first round victory on the front page?

Posted by AshwinMS on (February 21, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

@SanjivAwesome Sanju was 76 while he was dropped first time.And at 77 and 80.Even if he was caught at the first chance it would be a great innings

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (February 20, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Agreed that Sanju Samson hits cleanly. However, he got lucky. He was dropped three times during a shocking fielding display. Against better fielding sides, he won't get such chances. My verdict - let's not proper another average home-flat-track-bully into Team India.

Posted by gladiatorgannicus on (February 20, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

too easy for us.our bowlings been good until now.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Guys hold on to your thoughts of making U-19 team to next level. This is what you guys were telling to Sandeep Sharma, Unmukt etc. in the last workd cup. There is a vast difference in U19 and senior level. So just enjoy U19 cricket period!

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 20, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

I would not be surprised if we see Sanju Samson being selected for next WC at the senior level. The IPL has made him mature at a faster pace.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 20, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

@JUSTIPL - lovely suggestion about an U23 WC. Some of our players like "CHAND" get lost after their achievements. Some miss the U19 boat by a few months e.g Umar Nazir of India and if you have that U23 then there is that chance. Also it would be a good bridging gap in a players development.

Posted by android_user on (February 20, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

Even though he is a talented batsman Bains is keeping .I hope he takes keeping srsly as there are lot of batsmen in ranji and national team .We don't want a keeper who is a good batsman and not a good keeper do we?

Posted by JustIPL on (February 20, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

So many stars in this. Sanju Samson, Sarfraz Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Sami Aslam, Kamran Ghulam, Saud Shakeel, Keramat Ali, Imam-ul Haq etc. They should be given their due share of senior level chances. I will suggest ICC to inaugurate U-23 world cup just before the senior world cup and after U-19 world cup. I would sacrifice ICC champions trophy or CLt20 for it. It will allow players from last three u-19 world cups to be available as selection pool and top performers be given call up for senior world cup. It will highly motivate these guys and new stars will be ensured. Mostly, the U-19 stars will make their name in next 2-4 years (and may not be available for U-23 WC), while the stars from the recently concluded version of U19WC will get an immediate chance to make their impact. It will stop stars like Unmukt chand wasted into the commercials.

Posted by rajkirp on (February 20, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

Deepak Hooda, Amir Gani and Kuldeep Yadav from this U19 team and Shreyas Gopal from Karnataka - 4 spinners who could make it to the next level and play for India. Out of the 4, I think Kuldeep Yadav has the best chances to make it first to the top level. He has the best bowling skills that make him special. If anything does go against him, it will be his portly built that could render him being physically unfit for selection.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (February 20, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

dont consider under19 players as kids.they have already proved that they can be taken to the international level.see how sanju performed in IPL.we already have examples like yuvi and kohli who are immediately taken to the national team after excellent performance in the under 19 level.at this age they will be more flexible and can respond fast.infact india should select players on the basis of performance at international level like under 19 or performance of INDIAN A teams when they are playing with foreign teams on foreign soil .never depend performance in renji trophy as a criteria for besing selected to the national team since it has been already proved as futile

Posted by vipinchirackal on (February 20, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

@atlasfall sanju is not keeping wicket for kerala or indian u19 team.even in ipl he stood behind the stumps for a few times only.yagnik performs that duty for RR in IPL.so he cant be considered only as a wicket keepeing batsman.but certainly he has done well at that field also

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 20, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Except India rest of the all cricketing team have different team for all three aspect of cricket. I think selectors make different teams for T20 ODI and of course the best team for test cricket. I hope we will all see this system in India.

Posted by Dominic_Mohammed on (February 20, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

Too early to judge, let them graduate according to merit. Gap between under 19 and seniors are huge. I remember when India won the under 19 World cup last time, many suggested to induct Unmukt Chand and Harmeet Singh to senior team but they are yet to show merit in first class. No doubt this boys have talent but we should groom them accordingly.

Posted by android_user on (February 20, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

Its not just a win. It is a thrashing.The future is looking bright for India.Hope these guys win the world cup again.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 19, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

I couldn't help noticing during the India v PNG game that the PNG players were, well how to put it, rather short. It was like watching the old West Indies team towering over their opponents literally and physically. I never thought I'd see Indian players so physically overwhelming!

BTW, while I welcome the enthusiasm in getting youngsters into the full senior team esp when the senior team is going thru bad times, too many here don't understand the difference between U-19 cricket and first class cricket. There's a considerable gap! Now think of the gap between U-19 and the highest international level!

These players first need to show their nous at first class level before they can be considered for the national team. We don't need the farcical situation we saw with Parthiv Patel who played Tests for India before he even played a single Ranji match. Patel is a better player today than he ever was on that tour to Australia where his poor keeping cost us the Test series.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 19, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

These U-19 games are always interesting to observe. Truth be told, very few of these players ever graduate to full honours. Perhaps, India is a somewhat of an exception, I was looking at scorecards from a 2006 series played in Pak - in one of the games Junaid Khan opened the batting for Pak, he didn't even bowl in that game! No other Pak player ever went onto higher honours. From the Indian lineup, Kohli, Ishant, Jadeja and Chawla went on to play full internationals.

It seems that Asian players are very good at the youth level and routinely out perform England, Australia & SA. But once these guys hit their 20s, it's a 180 degree turnaround. Another poster commented on the impressive bowling speeds of the Indian youngsters. However, there's a history of Indian bowler's speeds tailing off after their first year in Intl cricket.

Meanwhile, West Indies seem to be a middling team at the youth level, I would have expected them to be better at this level.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Everyone is talking about Mr. Samson and Mr. Yadav, I really appreciate these guys at an young age so much variations in batting and bowling, what about SN Khan. No one is talking about him, He is good alrounder. He is hard hitter and a good bowler also. He is the second leading socrer now in the team when compare to others. His position is 4th or 5th down. He is in top position in strike rate and an average in the tournment. Then do the justice for him. He is very young also just 16 , he is having the bright future also like Tendulkar... But problem for Tendulkar he is competitor to Tendulkar's son.

Posted by sabee66 on (February 19, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Just afraid of thesevguys.they will be exactly like seniors ghar ke shair bahir dhair send them overseas to be better players not even a single test outside 3 year's for india to win tells us they dobt g ave quality cricketers and bowlers. BD ;ireland can maje 400 against them. india should invest in bowling

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 19, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Sanju u r real beauty and future of Indian cricket .......... Hope u ll selected soon in senior side ..... All the very best Sanju ...

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

everything good as far the performance of the Indian u-19 team is concerned. however i find one thing amusing and out of logic. the u-19 fast bowlers were constantly bowling at 135 kmps+ speeds with avesh also hitting the 140( first and second league match) mark fairly regularly. these makes them faster than most of their senior counterparts in national team barring say, shami ahmed. this is something i haven't been able to fathom and this certainly defies logic because as we know a sportsman is in the physical prime of his life at age 23 and above. certainly baffling .......anybody got answers??????? and by the way, love the sanju bats. saw him during the champions trouphy finals in delhi were he almost won the match for the royals. i reckon he's a future star for india.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Sanju is a wicket Keeper-He probably won't get to Indian team yet because MSD is still doing that job well.But Kuldeep got a better chance.

Posted by DanielRob on (February 19, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Kuldeep Yadav- You rare beauty... I must say i was mighty impressed by this chinaman bowler. The most difficult thing for a wrist spinner is "Control". This lad seems to have that "Control". Lands the ball into right areas..can flight the ball and most importantly "Spin" it. Just loved the way he was going about his spell. Bowls quick overs..He also bowls a good "Wrong one".. I hope Gautam Gambhir gives this lad a chance in the upcoming IPL like Dravid gave to Sanju... IPL exposure will do him A World of Good..He will become more competitive and learn so much about handling crunch pressure situations..It seems KKR did a fantastic job by picking this young man..Certainly KKR now have the most balanced line up with lethal bowling attack...Eden track will be ideal for Kuldeep's bowling..KKR's spin attack looks versatile with Narine, Piyush, Kuldeep and Shakib..and not to forget about their pace dept which comprise of Morkel, Cummins, Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar.All the best KKR.

Posted by TRAM on (February 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Mr. Sandeep Patil, for god's sake, please select this guy Sanju Samson to open for India along with Shikar Dahwan (for ODI & T20). When there is a bad need for the country and there is a resource available, I cant believe you cant act.

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 19, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

The story of the day once again was Afghanistan. The outcome of the game between Australia and Bangladesh went against them with Australia securing a comprehensive victory, but it was of no consequence to Afghanistan in the end as they ran down Namibia's total of 192 with four wickets to spare and an amazing 24.3 overs remaining meaning their net run-rate was well over and above what was required to make the quarter-finals, so much so they very nearly finished top of the group. It was yet another outstanding performance by Afghanistan who will now play South Africa in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile there is not much to say about the India v PNG game which was an embarrassing walkover. To only make 56 runs in 28.2 overs in reply to an opponent who made 6/301 was beyond embarrassing. How this match even made it onto the TV schedule is beyond me given that it was always going to be the least competitive match of the four being played today. Looking forward to a better contest India v Eng.

Posted by ramz30380 on (February 19, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

I saw Kuldeep Yadav - in action, it was quite something, yes the opposition did not offer much, but this young man can turn the ball. I hope for Indian cricket's sake the selectors choose these raw talents and give them a go to play with the big boys!

Sanju Samson, well, we all know how capable he is, he did not prove otherwise in this match! He was amazing, stood and delivered - I think he too must be groomed with the senior team.

Sandeep Patil look into these performances, India must not be found wanting when MSD decides to call it a day - we have a very capable wicket keeper batsman - groom him to be the next MSD, he will learn fast!

Posted by shivamsingh31093 on (February 19, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

good job done ... Sanju Samson and Kuldeep Yadav....Kuldeep Yadav...yoooo KKR!!!!

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