Under-19 World Cup 2012 August 26, 2012

'The greatest moment of my life'

Members of the India Under-19 team that won the World Cup, beating Australia by six wickets in Townsville, on what the victory meant for them
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Baba Aparajith
Immediate reaction: It's really awesome, we've been working hard for the last one and a half years. It's a dream come true for us. We were 97 for 4, and then a great partnership from Smit and Unmukt. The way they batted, we all believed we could easily make it.

His partnership with Chand: I was trying to play my natural game, I knew if I could stay there with Unmukt, we could get a good partnership of around 70-80 runs. We did that, I could have continued but played a little loose shot.

On the crowd support for India: Fantastic, that too in Townsville. The Indian crowd was bigger than the Aussie crowd. Everybody was supporting us.

Bharat Arun
Immediate reaction: Outstanding victory, a phenomenal victory, something we'd planned for the last one year. At one stage it looked a little dicey but they came up trumps. They saved their best for the final, Unmukt kept his best batting for the final.

On Chand's performance
It was a hair-raising performance. At one stage we looked a little in trouble, but I knew once there was a partnership that they would come through because it was not a huge score. The way Unmukt played … not only his innings but the way he made the others play around him was outstanding as well.

Aparajith's innings was a gem. Had he continued for ten more overs, the match would have been sealed long ago. Outstanding cover drives, outstanding.

Harmeet Singh
Immediate reaction: Everyone is ecstatic, no words, no words. It's a dream come true, we've been working hard for this for a year and a half. Everyone is thrilled and excited. Undoubtedly the greatest moment of my life.

Feeling when winning runs were hit: We were sitting on the same chairs for an hour or so since they were batting. We did not move. We decided to move only after he [Smit] hit that shot. It was amazing, the way they held their nerves. Unmukt was due and he made a big one.

Prashant Chopra
Immediate reaction: I really feel like crying right now. It's a dream come true. For the past one and a half years, we've been dreaming we'd be Under-19 World Champions. We have finally achieved it. Thanks to our captain, he finished the game today. We had prepared for this situation, how to fight in a tough situation. We had confidence in Unmukt and he also had confidence that he would score runs. He's a big match player. He proved it today

Tough lead-up to the final: We have experienced all [kinds of] tough situations before the final. That was good for us. We had faced all of them. We were mentally prepared.

Ravikant Singh
Immediate reaction: I am very excited. I dont know what to do.

On his performance in the World Cup: It's my first tournament, I'm very happy, we are world champions. I wasn't trying hard to take wickets, I was focusing on containing the batsmen. So I had success. I felt a little pressure in the second game; if I didn't perform well I may have been dropped. So there was some pressure but I just took it in my stride. After the five-wicket haul my confidence was high.

Sandeep Sharma
Immediate reaction: Feels amazing. This is a very amazing feeling, I didn't win in New Zealand [in 2010], I cant tell you this is an amazing feeling.

On his performance: I was just concentrating on line and length, I was swinging the ball really well this morning. So just concentrating on good line and length.

Confident of chasing 226?: Yes, when we bowled we saw the wicket was a bit flat, 225 was a little bit low according to our batting standards. At the time [100 for 4] we were a little nervous but after that Unmukt Chand and Smit Patel batted superbly and they won the match for us.

On Chand's performance: Amazing batsman, amazing batsman. I have never seen a batsman like him. We were thinking his runs were due, he is a big match player and he delivered today.

Smit Patel
On his half-century: I'm really very happy, I can't express it in words. One of the best innings of my life, and it was in the final, I am so happy. I dont have any words. My fielding coach told me [before the game], "You're going to hit the winning shot." I just followed my instincts.

On India's temperament leading into the final: We guys are used to playing finals. We just took it as another match. We just thought we won't think too much about it being a final and all. We just thought we'd have some friendly chats and joke around. So we kept the atmosphere really light.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    There is no parallel to beating Australia in the World Cup of any format of Cricket.. Congratulations to these youngsters.. this is the future of India.. Well Done.

  • chokkashokka on August 27, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    World Champions - Men and U19. Now lets bring home the WT20 next month and complete the set. All championships in India - let the seedings take care of themselves.

  • chapathishot on August 27, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I like this Harmeet ,hopfully he will not be ruined by T20 like the other sardar

  • on August 27, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Fantastic performance..looks like it's India's days in cricket to rule!!!be it the senior level world cup or u-19's!!!!hope to c this routine continue in September @ the T-20 world cup!!!Hail India!!!Hail Chand & Co...!!

  • cricket__fan on August 26, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Congrats to team India for being the champions. A briliiant perforamcne without doubt and to beat Aussie in Aussie is great achievement in itself. But let us not get carried away with this win it does not prove anything for lon term. Look at what happened to the senior team in 2011 after winning the world cup - they were completely annihiliated in England and Australia.

  • bvnathan on August 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    CONGRATS to INDIA U-19 team for Winning the World Cup!!! I was watching the match live (in USA) and it was great to see the batting of Chand, Aparajith, Smit Patel in the finals. It was great to see the belief the team had, and there are more finds to don the INDIA color in future - Chand, Aparajith, Patel, Sandeep, Harmeet - hopefully they will be groomed well to the next level. It was amazing to see young Aussie pace bowlers at their best in the finals, may be India need to unearth some talent like that and also learn. For a change U-19 WC did show excellient fast bowling talent across other teams as well WI, SA, Pak, PNG and even Afghanistan.

  • on August 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Under-19 to Over-38 ( Sach) we have successful players in all age groups !!

  • on August 26, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    I can foresee following Indian team for 2015 WC 1. Gauti 2. Kohl (VC)i, 3. Unmukt, 4. Baba Aparajit/Rohit Sharma, 5.Raina, 6. Yuvi 7. Dhoni/Sumit Patel, 8. Ashwin/ Irfan, 9. Umesh Yadhav, 10. Ravikanth, 11. Harmeet Singh

  • ooper_cut on August 26, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Nice to hear these youngsters talk and let their hands down. Wonderful performance all 15 of them and their support staff. Enjoy and paint the town of Townsville, RED.

  • on August 26, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    the Victory is important since it is achieved in adverse condition. Remember, India aren't favourite to win in Bouncy wickets..and they defeated Aussies that too in their own backyard..something truly amazing. the partnership of Unmukt and Aparajitha was the display of audacious stroke-making at its best. it wouldn't hv cme at a better occasion.

  • on August 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    There is no parallel to beating Australia in the World Cup of any format of Cricket.. Congratulations to these youngsters.. this is the future of India.. Well Done.

  • chokkashokka on August 27, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    World Champions - Men and U19. Now lets bring home the WT20 next month and complete the set. All championships in India - let the seedings take care of themselves.

  • chapathishot on August 27, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I like this Harmeet ,hopfully he will not be ruined by T20 like the other sardar

  • on August 27, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Fantastic performance..looks like it's India's days in cricket to rule!!!be it the senior level world cup or u-19's!!!!hope to c this routine continue in September @ the T-20 world cup!!!Hail India!!!Hail Chand & Co...!!

  • cricket__fan on August 26, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Congrats to team India for being the champions. A briliiant perforamcne without doubt and to beat Aussie in Aussie is great achievement in itself. But let us not get carried away with this win it does not prove anything for lon term. Look at what happened to the senior team in 2011 after winning the world cup - they were completely annihiliated in England and Australia.

  • bvnathan on August 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    CONGRATS to INDIA U-19 team for Winning the World Cup!!! I was watching the match live (in USA) and it was great to see the batting of Chand, Aparajith, Smit Patel in the finals. It was great to see the belief the team had, and there are more finds to don the INDIA color in future - Chand, Aparajith, Patel, Sandeep, Harmeet - hopefully they will be groomed well to the next level. It was amazing to see young Aussie pace bowlers at their best in the finals, may be India need to unearth some talent like that and also learn. For a change U-19 WC did show excellient fast bowling talent across other teams as well WI, SA, Pak, PNG and even Afghanistan.

  • on August 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Under-19 to Over-38 ( Sach) we have successful players in all age groups !!

  • on August 26, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    I can foresee following Indian team for 2015 WC 1. Gauti 2. Kohl (VC)i, 3. Unmukt, 4. Baba Aparajit/Rohit Sharma, 5.Raina, 6. Yuvi 7. Dhoni/Sumit Patel, 8. Ashwin/ Irfan, 9. Umesh Yadhav, 10. Ravikanth, 11. Harmeet Singh

  • ooper_cut on August 26, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Nice to hear these youngsters talk and let their hands down. Wonderful performance all 15 of them and their support staff. Enjoy and paint the town of Townsville, RED.

  • on August 26, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    the Victory is important since it is achieved in adverse condition. Remember, India aren't favourite to win in Bouncy wickets..and they defeated Aussies that too in their own backyard..something truly amazing. the partnership of Unmukt and Aparajitha was the display of audacious stroke-making at its best. it wouldn't hv cme at a better occasion.

  • on August 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    If Bharth Aruncan do this other indian coaches can motivate the senior team also A forign coach that job as a professional an indian coach can do the same job with a patriotic spirit well done coach!

  • CaptainKool on August 26, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Great going Boyz! Booooooooooommmm

  • Naresh28 on August 26, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    CONGRATS and saviour the moment. These young guys should remember one thing - to win, one has to enjoy playing. Losing and winning is part of the sport. Grit, determination, dedication brought them this success. In a few years time we will see a few select guys going thru to the senior team. Victory was achieved by team effort - some standout players were - CHAND, APARAJITH, SMIT, SANDEEP, RAVIKANT, HARMEET. Others like Passi, Chopra,Zol, were there as well.

  • James.The.Ripper on August 26, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Congrats to the U-19 team, well played boys.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on August 26, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    After beating the tournament favourites, Pakistan, they deserved to win the tournament. Congratulations indian lads...good job!!!

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    u guys deserved this for sure...rocz u guys...njy the moment...........

  • on August 26, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Congratulations Team INDIA !!! It's look like Unmukt will be next virat kohli. Both from Delhi and both have won the WC for India

  • Gansh on August 26, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Congratulations on a well deserved victory. Wonderful innings by Unmukt Chand, lovely temperment by Smit Patel too. One shot by Baba Aparajit :a wonderfully controlled hook shot off Steketee should teach some of our seniors o how to play a short ball. Keep it up kids...

  • on August 26, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Congratulations!! they shut up huge critics of Indian cricket!!!

  • Riderstorm on August 26, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Congratulations guys... When you think that Indian talent pool is shrinking, something like this happens and throws up great talent. Wish atleast 2 of these guys make the senior team.

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Well done boys. Congrats..

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Fabulous performance by our U-19ers, a far far bigger achievement than the innings victory in Hyderabad.

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Fantastic Win.... Great game.... Well Deserved.... I didnt give much for this batting at the start of the WC. But they came up pretty well as the tournament grew... FANTASTIC BUNCH...!!!

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    congrats team india U-19, you made us proud today. Now we are the world champion in both teams format. Unmukt Chand and Baba Aprajit is class, future for indian team. In bowling Harmeet and S.sharma having good prospects. good guys for your future. BCCI should annouce some price money for these lads.

  • drsankalp on August 26, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Future belongs to India undoubtedly.

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    whats up aus ? they just deserved.

  • SummitKakkar on August 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS.............................................

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Well played lads !! Kept the great tradition on !!

  • sharidas on August 26, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS.....Keep going and go on to to the big league...All the best guys!

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  • sharidas on August 26, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS.....Keep going and go on to to the big league...All the best guys!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Well played lads !! Kept the great tradition on !!

  • SummitKakkar on August 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS.............................................

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    whats up aus ? they just deserved.

  • drsankalp on August 26, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Future belongs to India undoubtedly.

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    congrats team india U-19, you made us proud today. Now we are the world champion in both teams format. Unmukt Chand and Baba Aprajit is class, future for indian team. In bowling Harmeet and S.sharma having good prospects. good guys for your future. BCCI should annouce some price money for these lads.

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Fantastic Win.... Great game.... Well Deserved.... I didnt give much for this batting at the start of the WC. But they came up pretty well as the tournament grew... FANTASTIC BUNCH...!!!

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Fabulous performance by our U-19ers, a far far bigger achievement than the innings victory in Hyderabad.

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Well done boys. Congrats..

  • Riderstorm on August 26, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Congratulations guys... When you think that Indian talent pool is shrinking, something like this happens and throws up great talent. Wish atleast 2 of these guys make the senior team.