ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012 August 27, 2012

Tough, competitive, and memorable

The difference in the quality of teams was lesser and the pitches were testing, resulting in a tournament that left players with invaluable lessons learnt
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It's the day after the Under-19 World Cup final and Townsville feels different. Flinders Street bears no sign of the Indian party the night before, and the caf├ęs on Palmer are missing the groups of young cricketers who've been ever-present over the last two weeks. For the 240 players who've left the city, the fortnight gone by has been probably the most revealing, instructive and emotional of their teenage lives.

The 2012 Under-19 World Cup has felt like a bowler's tournament; perhaps it was the imprint left by the first day, when England were dismissed for 143 by Australia after which Reece Topley broke Jimmy Peirson's middle stump and Jamie Overton let rip at scary speeds for someone so young.

However, though it might not have felt like it when Pakistan collapsed for 136 and India lost nine wickets in a successful chase, the batsmen of the class of 2012 have surpassed those of both 2010 and 2008 by a striking distance. In those previous two tournaments, you could have counted the number of centurions on one hand; you'll need three for 2012. In fact, there were as many hundreds - three - scored on the pitches at Tony Ireland Stadium, the venue where the bowlers had it best, as they were in the whole of the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia.

The abundance of runs in international cricket over the last few years has raised expectations of batsmen but the kids in Queensland seem to have met those high standards. The 15 centuries scored in the 2012 tournament are the most for the Under-19 World Cup, and the run aggregate and average also compare favorably to most other World Cups. On the other hand, the average per wicket for bowlers was 25 in 2012, which is smack in the middle when compared to other tournaments.

The competition was tough too, in 2012. Unlike in 2008, when India won all their matches, there was no undefeated team in Queensland. Like in 2010, when Australia, South Africa and Pakistan won five out of six games, there were three teams with similar records in 2012. India lost only their first game, to West Indies; Australia lost only the final, to India; and South Africa were beaten in the semi-final by Australia and won their third-place playoff. South Africa, always strong contenders at this level, had the best stats in the tournament but failed to win it once again.

The smaller gap in quality between the sides is perhaps due to an increasing investment in youth cricket. While India, England and Pakistan always had elaborate preparations for their Under-19 sides, other countries have tried to follow suit. Australia, who are increasingly on the hunt for young talent these days, and West Indies have stepped up their Under-19 programmes; Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have had tours as well, though Sri Lanka failed to make it through the toughest group. Only cash-strapped New Zealand came in from the cold of their winter, and credit to them for finishing fourth.

The finalists were perhaps the best prepared sides and their success a vindication of the investment made. India gave their players exposure by going on two tours, to Malaysia and Townsville, and hosting a quadrangular series. Their players had been tested by foreign conditions and demanding situations several times before they faced the pressures of the World Cup. The Indians also had an elaborate camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore where, apart from their cricket skills, the players worked on intangible factors such as building trust and team spirit.

For a lot of the players coming to Australia for the first time, the adjustment to culture, cuisine, technology and the difference in daily life from the way it is back home has been a transformative experience

The Australians went to India last year and hosted a quadrangular series as well. They also invited Pakistan for three one-dayers in the week before the World Cup. And, in addition to the significant advantage of playing at home, their cricketers also had the expertise of Stuart Law, Greg Chappell and Craig McDermott in their management group. Law said often that at this age-group, the more competitive matches a team plays, the better it becomes.

The on-field lessons have been numerous and invaluable. The batsmen were challenged by the bounce of Australian pitches and the speed of Ronsford Beaton and Reece Topley, the strangling accuracy of George Dockrell, the guile of Harmeet Singh, and the swing of Sandeep Sharma, to name the best in their disciplines. They've learned the importance of leaving the ball, of giving the first hour to the bowler if necessary, of making a start count once the hard work's been done.

The bowlers learned from not getting carried away on helpful pitches, from bowling at batsmen whose strengths are unique to their part of the world, from being unable to dismiss William Bosisto. Topley spoke of the instructive value of bowling on a large ground, where the gaps between fielders are larger for a batsman to knock an inaccurate delivery into. Their patience has been tested, because wickets haven't been as forthcoming as they have been in age-cricket at home.

For a lot of the players coming to Australia for the first time, the adjustment to culture, cuisine, technology and the difference in daily life from the way it is back home has been a transformative experience. They have striven to overcome unfamiliarity so that their on-field performances are unaffected.

The players who were in Queensland will now follow different paths and traverse them at different speeds. Those from most of the Associates and Affiliates will find a relatively unblocked route into their national teams because of a lack of competition for places from outside the age-group structure. Those from the Full Members will attempt to break into their first-class teams and apply the lessons learned in a much tougher environment of men. Their senior-team caps will not be easily earned.

The 2012 Under-19 World Cup was the time of Reece Topley and Anamul Haque, of William Bosisto and Unmukt Chand, the stars of a stage protected by age. Whether it is they, or someone who was hidden in obscurity during the last two weeks, who will succeed in greater arenas, it is much too early to tell. Most of the cricketers who came to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Townsville will never return again, but perhaps the time they spent here will be the making of some of them.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • i_amVIVA on August 30, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @Shubham Bajpai: i see your point, anyone but ind is a fluke, your rebuttals brings nothing new, you just can't see a player as a player, you have to level it to the particular group before you can appreciate his/ her performance, and that's your sportmanship; and i and many rational indians may entertain a more matured view in such an endevour.

  • Haleos on August 30, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @ Third_Gear, et all (Whatever) - Champions are champions, rest all are flukes and sour grapes.

  • on August 30, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    @i_amVIVA nope the reasoning is not pathetic, its the reality but you will not accept it. indian seniors in asia cup, perhaps anamul is more like to meet the fate of all other previous and current bd players. this what i meant one win in asia cup and you think you have achieved it all. no wonder you guys are under achievers. and your saying they faced pace and bounce...haha of who pakistan and SL?? who dont have pace or bounce. if anamul would have scored century against SA/AUS/ENG it would have made sense. it sad that your incapable of understanding the concept and i have to repeat myself. lol no one gets lucky, only religious radicals believe in luck. strong people make there own luck, ind beat pak cos they held their nerve were more prepared and mentally stronger. the last period of 10 over is probably the best application i have seen in cricket. something that senior cricketer should derive confidence from to find ur inner ability to succeed when chips are down. thats SPORTSMANSHIP

  • i_amVIVA on August 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    more @Shubham Bajpai : furthermore, the asian batsmen like anamul were challenged by the bounce, speed & swing of Australian pitches...considering these facts and being the sub continental player, who was completely stranger & unfamiliar with the condition, the performance & heroics of Anamul Haque are just superb, significant & amazing, who scored the highest run, and the only batsman who scored 2 centuries and 300 plus runs facing the top teams like S.A, Aus, Eng, Pak, SL on his way!!! So many congrats to Anamul! Also, why we forget the another amazing performer of Bangladesh, Liton Das, who scored 250 plus runs with 1 century & 2 half centuries and got the 7th position in the batting chart? the only reason these players could be deminished would be that they are from bd, not ind!

  • i_amVIVA on August 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @Shubham Bajpai : your logic of making centuries is pathetic at the least. look who ind faced this wc. lost to a strong wi team. ind got lucky to catch stronger aus on a bad day to win wc. ind got this much closer to be beaten by pak. got lucky they didnt face bd, otherwise they may very well faced the same fate as the ind senior team in asia cup.....

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Anwar Chowdhury no he didnt score 100 against england aus or sa. he scored again SL and PAK. thats like scoring against zim and kenya and asking for praise. i am sure he is a good batsman but he has to score against good attacks in pressure situation. not when they are already out of the cup final. i think you guys need to set higher benchmarks, then only you will improve. being satisfied by victories that have no value makes no sense.

  • on August 29, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @ George Binoy of Cricinfo: U wrote on this article, "...The 2012 Under-19 World Cup has felt like a bowler's tournament...The batsmen were challenged by the bounce of Australian pitches and the speed of Ronsford Beaton and Reece Topley, the strangling accuracy of George Dockrell, the guile of Harmeet Singh, and the swing of Sandeep Sharma, to name the best in their disciplines...from bowling at batsmen whose strengths are unique to their part of the world, from being unable to dismiss William Bosisto. Topley spoke of the instructive value of bowling on a large ground..." So, Mr. Binoy, considering these bowling friendly pitches, are there any words or a line in your article for the heroics and amazing performance of Anamul, who scored the highest run, the only batsman who scored 2 centuries and 300 plus runs facing the top teams like S. A, Aus, Eng, Pak, SL on his way being the bottom ranked & sub continental player? If not, then why?

  • on August 29, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @FOTO ur right....anamul who scored centuries against SL who didnt cross group stage and pakistan who came 8th is better than unmukt chand who scored his century against australia in the finals, did i mention TWICE?. also Anamul has lower FC average than Unmukt, Anamul playing in Bangla First class and Unmukt in Indian FC. playing against weaker opposition and attacks and lower average are certainly the criteria of a better player. So i guess ur right Anamul is better than unmukt in all those department, hence a better cricket right?? or is he?

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @ Afridynamite love your explanation for Pakistan's loss..could be true..who can say for sure

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    @FOTO yes and 7th place position is well deserved for Bangladesh.They are not in top 8 in senior's cricket..so getting to 7 would be sweet I believe

  • i_amVIVA on August 30, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @Shubham Bajpai: i see your point, anyone but ind is a fluke, your rebuttals brings nothing new, you just can't see a player as a player, you have to level it to the particular group before you can appreciate his/ her performance, and that's your sportmanship; and i and many rational indians may entertain a more matured view in such an endevour.

  • Haleos on August 30, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @ Third_Gear, et all (Whatever) - Champions are champions, rest all are flukes and sour grapes.

  • on August 30, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    @i_amVIVA nope the reasoning is not pathetic, its the reality but you will not accept it. indian seniors in asia cup, perhaps anamul is more like to meet the fate of all other previous and current bd players. this what i meant one win in asia cup and you think you have achieved it all. no wonder you guys are under achievers. and your saying they faced pace and bounce...haha of who pakistan and SL?? who dont have pace or bounce. if anamul would have scored century against SA/AUS/ENG it would have made sense. it sad that your incapable of understanding the concept and i have to repeat myself. lol no one gets lucky, only religious radicals believe in luck. strong people make there own luck, ind beat pak cos they held their nerve were more prepared and mentally stronger. the last period of 10 over is probably the best application i have seen in cricket. something that senior cricketer should derive confidence from to find ur inner ability to succeed when chips are down. thats SPORTSMANSHIP

  • i_amVIVA on August 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    more @Shubham Bajpai : furthermore, the asian batsmen like anamul were challenged by the bounce, speed & swing of Australian pitches...considering these facts and being the sub continental player, who was completely stranger & unfamiliar with the condition, the performance & heroics of Anamul Haque are just superb, significant & amazing, who scored the highest run, and the only batsman who scored 2 centuries and 300 plus runs facing the top teams like S.A, Aus, Eng, Pak, SL on his way!!! So many congrats to Anamul! Also, why we forget the another amazing performer of Bangladesh, Liton Das, who scored 250 plus runs with 1 century & 2 half centuries and got the 7th position in the batting chart? the only reason these players could be deminished would be that they are from bd, not ind!

  • i_amVIVA on August 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @Shubham Bajpai : your logic of making centuries is pathetic at the least. look who ind faced this wc. lost to a strong wi team. ind got lucky to catch stronger aus on a bad day to win wc. ind got this much closer to be beaten by pak. got lucky they didnt face bd, otherwise they may very well faced the same fate as the ind senior team in asia cup.....

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Anwar Chowdhury no he didnt score 100 against england aus or sa. he scored again SL and PAK. thats like scoring against zim and kenya and asking for praise. i am sure he is a good batsman but he has to score against good attacks in pressure situation. not when they are already out of the cup final. i think you guys need to set higher benchmarks, then only you will improve. being satisfied by victories that have no value makes no sense.

  • on August 29, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @ George Binoy of Cricinfo: U wrote on this article, "...The 2012 Under-19 World Cup has felt like a bowler's tournament...The batsmen were challenged by the bounce of Australian pitches and the speed of Ronsford Beaton and Reece Topley, the strangling accuracy of George Dockrell, the guile of Harmeet Singh, and the swing of Sandeep Sharma, to name the best in their disciplines...from bowling at batsmen whose strengths are unique to their part of the world, from being unable to dismiss William Bosisto. Topley spoke of the instructive value of bowling on a large ground..." So, Mr. Binoy, considering these bowling friendly pitches, are there any words or a line in your article for the heroics and amazing performance of Anamul, who scored the highest run, the only batsman who scored 2 centuries and 300 plus runs facing the top teams like S. A, Aus, Eng, Pak, SL on his way being the bottom ranked & sub continental player? If not, then why?

  • on August 29, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @FOTO ur right....anamul who scored centuries against SL who didnt cross group stage and pakistan who came 8th is better than unmukt chand who scored his century against australia in the finals, did i mention TWICE?. also Anamul has lower FC average than Unmukt, Anamul playing in Bangla First class and Unmukt in Indian FC. playing against weaker opposition and attacks and lower average are certainly the criteria of a better player. So i guess ur right Anamul is better than unmukt in all those department, hence a better cricket right?? or is he?

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @ Afridynamite love your explanation for Pakistan's loss..could be true..who can say for sure

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    @FOTO yes and 7th place position is well deserved for Bangladesh.They are not in top 8 in senior's cricket..so getting to 7 would be sweet I believe

  • StatisticsRocks on August 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @FOTO: So whats ur point...still no WC to hold for Anamul.BNG finished 5th or 6th?

  • FOTO on August 28, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Anamul can bat 5 times better than Indian batsmen :)

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    @Afridynamite...HAHAHA dude that's a very bad excuse your below minnows now :)

  • on August 28, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @Mervo wat u said is true...S.A were standout team in competition but not in tournament..... finally wat matters was which team has a performance rate same at all level that's wat differentiates the Champs from others......last time it was AUS this tym INDIA nxt time which team who knows????

  • nikhilmjain on August 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I see a lot of people talking about Shakib Al Hasan? Can anyone tell me who this is? Some good cricketer of the past or the guy from KKR?

  • ProdigyA on August 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @third_gear and all the other cry babies out there - IF this THEN that, if bull then nonsense, if wishes were horses then third_gear would have been SRT. Bottom Line thats ON RECORD is Indians are ODI champs both senior and junior.

  • on August 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @Harshad K Trivedi really? India ( UNLIKE Aus) batted first in 4 out of 6 matches. They were tested on the toughest pitch. You need to check other teams , batting first mostly on those pitches makes India unlucky .

  • Afridynamite on August 28, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Pakistan lost to Bangladesh only because it was a 7th place playoff match, there is more motivation for a team like Bangladesh to play such matches.

  • on August 28, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    If Pattinson can be fast tracked into the senior Aussie team at the age of 21 (he is no Lille or Thomo), why can't some of the superb talents from the just concluded U-19 world cup? Arguments of quite a few seniors like More sound like, "We had to go through all the grind. So, let these kids also do the same." To boost his argument More dded, "Even Ravi Shastry had to go thru the grind, like me, after we played the U-19! As if, Ravi is a God incarnate! "So, wait (till you lose all the fire within)", the unsaid part. Sounds like a Factory Manager telling a management trainee. "I came up from the ranks, cleaning up the shop floor and changing the lubricating oil, in my early days; so you do the same for a month"!

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 28, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @Harshad K Trivedi: Mr Trivedi, Good teams peak at the right time and it takes courage and confidence to win games in tough situations.Please look at India's u -19 results before world cup and you will know why India was well prepared. However i do agree with you that Team India was lucky but don't you think LUCK favors the Brave? Please give respect and appreciation when it deserves. Please make your research and follow more cricket before criticizing a team's performance. Cheers!

  • sumit176 on August 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @third gear..i have nothin against bd...infact i believe its good to have 4 asian giants rather than 3,,,meanwhile i was just replying one of the silly comment,,but my bad,i replied with it another silly comment....hope you fans will give me a benefit of doubt

  • on August 28, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I dont understand how Indians were better prepared ? Their showing in most of the matches was below par, if they had been better prepared they would not been below par! They just got lucky in the end ..

  • i_amVIVA on August 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @sumit176 : what's the point of your comment, can you expand pls. for the note, bd played facing the top teams like S.A, Aus, Eng, Pak, SL on its way, the toughest schedule of all in the tournament; yet they came in 7th, ahead of pak!!!

  • Third_Gear on August 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @sumit176 samit, shyam,bhandari or whatever if India can be titled as champion with all FLUKES why not other team cant say they can play? By the way BD has 3 win and three hudreds in this tournament SO which one is fluke ????

  • Mervo on August 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    In terms of talent, statistics and their overall performance South Africa were the standout team in the competition. They scored the highest totals and were most restrictive on other sides. As an Australian, I have to admit this.

  • on August 28, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Anamul Haque; next Sakib Al Hasan in the making

  • sumit176 on August 28, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @rubaiyat wahab or watever,,,,just by one fluke innings,u will say bangladesh can play,,,lol

  • dsig3 on August 28, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Doesnt really equate to senior success though. We/Aus are proof of that. When we won it I think it was Tom Cooper and Henriques who looked to be the next big thing. Its a fun tournement anyway.

  • Haleos on August 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    "South Africa, always strong contenders at this level, had the best stats in the tournament but failed to win it once again." Thats business as usual for SA then. It starts right from the U-19 stage. No wonder seniors can not win major tournaments even after being ranked number one and reaching knockout stages.

  • on August 28, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    The left arm spinner Harmeet Singh was one of the finds of the tourney, along with the skipper Chand himself. Hope Harmeet can make it to the Test Team, since with his guile & louff, he easily can, ahead of Pragyan Ojha.

  • Haleos on August 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    This is how the world cup should be played. Over in 15 days. As well as the IPL. Ridiculous number of matches in both with just 1 or 2 per day.

  • on August 28, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Hats off George for this nice pce. UNMUKT should find a place in the Team India--both for the Tests & ODIs, as otherwise, this youngster would get dejected & frustrated. The Srs. just like VVS should gracefully retire from the cricket, to afford opportunities for these wonder-kids, that includes the Hon'ble Sachin Tendulkar. His shabby stay at Hyder -- some 80 minutes & 67 balls to hit less than twenty -- is NOTHING BUT SHAMEFUL. Why not the Media launch an onslaught for such those guys past 35-37 ? The Selection Committee being the hand-maid of the BCCI's Srinivasan will just be a silent spectator, expecting the players themselves to hang up--but Sachin wants to go on & on .. >>Incidentally .. does not Harmeet's action resemble the one & onlyBISHEN BEDI, although the former is a big faster ? Kindly do comment web-readers, please for the benefit of the Selection committee chaps !

  • on August 28, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Virat competitor arises in form of unmukt chand.. India's future in captency looks to be in great hands!

  • on August 28, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    This shows that india has enormous talent, now to put structures in place to grow it, to maximise what is possible.

  • memps on August 28, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    @chris_p-champion teams does'nt look for draw or groups....learn from the bangladesh the way they r rising on internation levels..and afghanistan in recent years.

  • memps on August 28, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    bosisto going to b next hussey....great batting champ

  • memps on August 28, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    @godfrey-giving consolation to a 3 time u-19 wc,2time senior wc and the very first t20 wc winner team..and have patience we will get back to u for olympics as well...earth is nt going to end on 21st dec...dnt worry

  • BG4cricket on August 28, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Aries I am not sure I completely agree with the assertion around other supporters not giving the Indian team enough credit but as an Aussie I thought it was a great series that unearthed some good talent. Certainly I think the two best sides reached the final and they put on a match worthy of the occasion. I thought Bosisto had got Australia enough but the Indian boys led by a superb innings from their skipper and a wonderful 5th wicket partnership at the end managed the chase superbly well and thoroughly deserved their win - luck played no role with the better side on the day taking it out.

  • Chris_P on August 28, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @maddy20. I guess you don't play cricket as that logic doesn't work. Otherwise, look at what South Africa did to NZ in the playoff for 3rd. India just beat them, yrt the South Africans towelled them. Cricket my friend, varies every day you step out to play, be it pitch conditions, weather, mental state of mind, the other team, even the ball. India never played England either, but they were also very, impressive, Topley probably being the class act of pace bowlers on show. The draw was not carried out in the normal manner of these competitions, that was all I stated, nothing about results.

  • tausif.khalil on August 28, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    It is good to see India hav won the wc with the ton of chand.

  • on August 28, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    @fr600 - It's amazing that whenever India wins; it's all about luck however when it comes to Aus, Eng, SL, they are the best teams and it's all because of talent and no luck factor!! Fans from these countries need a lesson or two in humility. I think its just the case of sour grapes with these cricket fans!!

  • maddy20 on August 28, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @Chris_P We have beaten all the top teams from the other draw. Pak, NZ, Aus. Aus has beaten SA. So it simply means, we would have beaten SA too.Any team that does not make it to the semis simply means they do not deserve it. If they choke under pressure, the finalists cannot be blamed for that.

  • on August 28, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @Godfrey - I think you're trying to console yourself instead of India by bringing up Olympics here!! The current state of cricket in WI is going to be keep them at the bottom of the Test & ODI rankings for a VERY long time!!!

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 28, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    @fr600: Thank you for stopping by from Bangladesh and writing wonderful comments about the winning team! Bangladesh played very well in the tournament and gained well deserved 7th spot! Your team have some really good talent and hope to see them in future playing against some top teams like India. Until end enjoy the u-19 result! Cheers!

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 28, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    @ Godfrey Pieters: Thank you for stopping buy and commenting on India's win! I'm also glad you followed Indian olympics too. Last time i checked Guyana did not even appear on the medal count where as Trinidad, Jamaica had plenty. And WI played well too in u19 world cup and truly deserved their 6th spot.

  • Chris_P on August 28, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    The way the draw was worked out is still a worry. We had teams in the same group scheduled to meet each other in semi finals. Nowhere else in these type of competitions, be it the Rugby World Cup, Soccer World Cup, Cricket world cup does this occur. Yet we had the possibility of England meeting Australia in the semi finals? England would have caused great grief to other sides on the other side of the draw but were matched with the highly talented South Africans first up. Same for BD. They would have had the toughest draw of all teams, yet were subjected by some pretty ordinary comments by some. I know both the finalists deserved their accolades, but from the matches I saw, the junior Boks looked to have players that appeared the most promising. I still maintain we had the good fortune to beat them.

  • on August 28, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    I fully agree with the very positive observations about Aparajith & Harmeet. Fortunately, Aparajit is already in the state team. Harmeet could become better than even Ojha as a left armer, with more variations and guile; also bats better. But, currently Aswin-Ojha is bowling well at tantem. It is always better to give such effective pair a longer tenure to make them,even more effective. Yes, in pace, we need to have a couple of guys consistently bowling 140+. But, they should also develop skills in using seam and swing; without which good batsmen with excellent placement skills will just guide the balls easily to the boundary. We need at least one excellent guy with complete control over swing, even if his speed is around 130. Most of the time, Kallis gets his wicket with sub 130 balls! Also, anyone knows the speed of Mohinder Amaranath and Roger Binny, who used to consistently get wickets, at international level, bowling against some all-time greats! In the 120s!

  • on August 28, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Congratulations India on the win.It was indeed a great competition between bat and ball the whole World cup.But as usual again the match between India and Pakistan was the highlight of the tournament.The World Cup was decided on that that day alone whichever team would have come out winners would have won the world cup.

  • on August 27, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    U will have to say the best team won. Congrats to India. I t was some consolation for a country(one billion people) that got 1 silver & 4 bronze medals at the Olympics. WI did play well.

  • Shajadul on August 27, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Congrats India from BD fan.

  • fr600 on August 27, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    One of the most undeserved U-19 WC win... I guess luck matters way too much.

  • USIndianFan on August 27, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Baba Aparajit showed good technique and spirit. Without him India probably would not have won the final. Should be tried out in the Ranji, IPL, elsewhere to get blooded. Unmukt Chand also looks good, especially his ability to hit and be patient. Especially to Counterstrike's comment on good technique.

  • on August 27, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @Navin Talawant they would have,only if they played as well as you think they did

  • ProdigyA on August 27, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    @Satish4 - Agree with you. Sandeep was really good but he is just slow medium and we have enough of this stuff in PK, Vinay, Ifran, Dinda etc. We need somebody who is tall and can consistently bowl 145+ with good accuracy. Ishant has been huge dissapointment in this regard. The only standouts IMO are Unmukt (boy, i love the batting talent in this country), Baba (loved his aggressive style of play and useful bowling) and Harmeet (reminds me of Yuvi).

  • on August 27, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    west indies should have won, they played really well

  • Natesan333 on August 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    The fact I liked about the Indian kids is that they never got derailed after the first lose. You saw what happened to other teams when they lost, they kind of gave up. This shows real character, hope they continue this (in everything they do, not just cricket).

  • ra8ul on August 27, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    I second your thought counterstrike.Do you play any other game other than CS.really interesting analysis by both atleast some people have true cricketing knowledge then just blabber.

  • sathish4 on August 27, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Fast tracking Sandeep Sharma would be a disaster.

    He bowls mid 120s, which may be good for u-19, but the likes of Kallis, Cook, De Villiers will chew him up and spit him out.

    He should be taken to a strength and conditioning coach while he plays first class cricket for the next 4 years, minimum. He has the talent, but now it's about building his physical strength up and see if he can sustain his performance.

    Otherwise he will fade into obscurity like many of these Indian bowlers and will bowl mid 120s all his life.

  • sehwaguparcut on August 27, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    @JoseP yes Sandeep Sharma looked good - unfortunately even in the U19 there is a fall off after that. Ravikant and Passi didnt impress that much. Harmeet and Aparajith look prospective in the spin department.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    @ Jose - Totally agree with you about the point you made about Sandeep Sharma !

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I can't wait to see Unmukt back in action again. He plays for Delhi Daredevils and will definitely play in Champions League, that is to be held in SA, considering his Good form and Technique on Fast and Bouncy Tracks. Best of Luck to all these U-19 players !

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Some players of other countries who could well make it to their respective national teams :- SA - de Kock, Bowes, Bruyn, P subrayen. Aus- Kurtis Patterson, Bosisto (for sure) and Turner (sure) ! Pak - S Aslam, Babar Azam (sure), Nawaz (sure), Zia ! Eng - Topley (sure) ! Ban - Anamul(sure), Soumya. SL - Madhushanka (sure) ! NZ - Young (sure), O Donnel, Fletcher.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    These Indian kids made us proud yet again, first in quadrangular series in Australia a few months back and now winning World Cup by beating Aussies in their own backyard that too while chasing, unlike our senior batsmen who struggle in Aus and Eng conditions. Happy that Unmukt, Smit Patel and Baba Aparajit have got good tenchnique to tackle pacers on fast and Bouncy pitches. Unmukt and Baba are agressive too. No other batsman made that much impact. In bowling, as Ian said Harmeet is ready for Indian senior team may be its a bit too early but he being a left arm spinner is a strong candidate for senior team. Sandeep Sharma is good. Always on target, Swings the ball both ways, Picks early wickets, Bowls economically both in power-plays and death overs. But he bowls in 130s like other Indian bowlers excpet Umesh and Aaron. He can be considered too at some pt. but he must maintain his swing, he could be in Indian team as we don't have much options in Pace dept..

  • on August 27, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    After each U-19 world tourney, at least for a year or two, the respective boards should have a "follow-up" procedure to track the progress of all the players who showed tremendous promise. Many may not have enough talents to prosper at club/ senior/ national levels. but, lack of progress should not be out of neglect. That will be a monumental shame.

  • on August 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    For India, there is a stronger case to fast track Sharma than Singh. Zak is ageing and it is showing. PK seems to have lost his swing, or at least seems to be out of reckoning. Most of the others we tried out, in recent years do not appear to be up to the mark. IF Irfan also fails to re-discover the swing, there is a strong case to fast track Sandeep Sharma. He also looks physically strong enough to play with the seniors. At least by the time India tours England, he should be ready. He will be very effective in English conditions. I reckon, Umesh Yadav (for speed) and Sandeep Sharma (for swing), will be our regular opening bowling pair, in the near future.

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Whether it is biennial or annual, hope the organizers arrange it to be held in places like Townsville ---on tracks which provide challenges and learning value for all the young boys.

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    In 2008, 2010, & 2012, I noticed that the majority of players are approaching 20 years, and crossing over the eligibility. So, there is scope for conducting it every year. That will result in half the boys moving out and equal number of new teens moving in. All countries will invest a lot in this tournament to be used as a funnel for the senior teams. That will improve the quality of cricket and cricketers all around.

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  • on August 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    In 2008, 2010, & 2012, I noticed that the majority of players are approaching 20 years, and crossing over the eligibility. So, there is scope for conducting it every year. That will result in half the boys moving out and equal number of new teens moving in. All countries will invest a lot in this tournament to be used as a funnel for the senior teams. That will improve the quality of cricket and cricketers all around.

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Whether it is biennial or annual, hope the organizers arrange it to be held in places like Townsville ---on tracks which provide challenges and learning value for all the young boys.

  • on August 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    For India, there is a stronger case to fast track Sharma than Singh. Zak is ageing and it is showing. PK seems to have lost his swing, or at least seems to be out of reckoning. Most of the others we tried out, in recent years do not appear to be up to the mark. IF Irfan also fails to re-discover the swing, there is a strong case to fast track Sandeep Sharma. He also looks physically strong enough to play with the seniors. At least by the time India tours England, he should be ready. He will be very effective in English conditions. I reckon, Umesh Yadav (for speed) and Sandeep Sharma (for swing), will be our regular opening bowling pair, in the near future.

  • on August 27, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    After each U-19 world tourney, at least for a year or two, the respective boards should have a "follow-up" procedure to track the progress of all the players who showed tremendous promise. Many may not have enough talents to prosper at club/ senior/ national levels. but, lack of progress should not be out of neglect. That will be a monumental shame.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    These Indian kids made us proud yet again, first in quadrangular series in Australia a few months back and now winning World Cup by beating Aussies in their own backyard that too while chasing, unlike our senior batsmen who struggle in Aus and Eng conditions. Happy that Unmukt, Smit Patel and Baba Aparajit have got good tenchnique to tackle pacers on fast and Bouncy pitches. Unmukt and Baba are agressive too. No other batsman made that much impact. In bowling, as Ian said Harmeet is ready for Indian senior team may be its a bit too early but he being a left arm spinner is a strong candidate for senior team. Sandeep Sharma is good. Always on target, Swings the ball both ways, Picks early wickets, Bowls economically both in power-plays and death overs. But he bowls in 130s like other Indian bowlers excpet Umesh and Aaron. He can be considered too at some pt. but he must maintain his swing, he could be in Indian team as we don't have much options in Pace dept..

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Some players of other countries who could well make it to their respective national teams :- SA - de Kock, Bowes, Bruyn, P subrayen. Aus- Kurtis Patterson, Bosisto (for sure) and Turner (sure) ! Pak - S Aslam, Babar Azam (sure), Nawaz (sure), Zia ! Eng - Topley (sure) ! Ban - Anamul(sure), Soumya. SL - Madhushanka (sure) ! NZ - Young (sure), O Donnel, Fletcher.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I can't wait to see Unmukt back in action again. He plays for Delhi Daredevils and will definitely play in Champions League, that is to be held in SA, considering his Good form and Technique on Fast and Bouncy Tracks. Best of Luck to all these U-19 players !

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 27, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    @ Jose - Totally agree with you about the point you made about Sandeep Sharma !

  • sehwaguparcut on August 27, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    @JoseP yes Sandeep Sharma looked good - unfortunately even in the U19 there is a fall off after that. Ravikant and Passi didnt impress that much. Harmeet and Aparajith look prospective in the spin department.

  • sathish4 on August 27, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Fast tracking Sandeep Sharma would be a disaster.

    He bowls mid 120s, which may be good for u-19, but the likes of Kallis, Cook, De Villiers will chew him up and spit him out.

    He should be taken to a strength and conditioning coach while he plays first class cricket for the next 4 years, minimum. He has the talent, but now it's about building his physical strength up and see if he can sustain his performance.

    Otherwise he will fade into obscurity like many of these Indian bowlers and will bowl mid 120s all his life.