U19 Asian Cup: India with the goal of winning record extending the seventh title
NEW DELHI: India has been part of the seven U19 Asian Cup tournaments since its inception in 1989. In eight editions so far, India is the most successful team, with six titles. One of those six titles was when India shared the trophy with Pakistan in 2012 in Malaysia.
After winning his inaugural title in the inaugural edition in 1989 under the captaincy of Ranjib Biswal, India won the trophies in 2003 (captain - Ambati Rayudu ), 2013-14 (captain - Vijay Zol), 2016 (captain - Abhishek Sharma) and 2018 (captain - Prab Simran Singh).
The Indian foals, under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand, shared the trophy with Pakistan led by Babar Azam in 2012, as the final ended in a draw in Kuala Lumpur.
In order to win his seventh title, the current U19 Indian team, led by Dhruv Chand Horse mackerel He will start his Youth Asia Cup campaign in Sri Lanka from September 3 and the Indian captain is confident that his team will record a victory for the title that extends the record.
The goal is to win the series. We have a talented group of players and I am sure we will do well in the tournament. We have hitters and bowlers who can change the game at any time, Jurel told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
In addition to the duties of the captaincy, Dhruv, the son of Kargil's war veteran, who served the Indian army in the Jat regiment, will also assume wicket maintenance responsibilities in the tournament.
I admire AB de Villiers . I love the way he beats, plays and saves. It is the best in all departments. I admire him. I enter No. 3 or No. 4 to hit. That is my favorite position, he said.
“My father is an army man, so he is very particular with discipline. When I chose cricket, it helped me a lot. I am really grateful to him for the immense support, ”Jurel told TimesofIndia.com.
The U19 Indian team also has a young Punjab Arjun Azad , a batter who occupied the spotlight when he sent Arjun Tendulkar, the son of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, to the cleaners in the Dhruv Pandove 2018 trophy.
“It was a U19 match. He (Arjun Tendulkar) started with a goalkeeper and I crushed him by a limit. When he entered for his second spell, I again marked his limits. I scored 151 in that match. We won the game for more than 20 races, Azad told TimesofIndia.com.
Interestingly, Azad took the cricket due to the batting master Sachin Tendulkar .
“I admired the God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar. I am not that tall. In the initial stage of my career, I faced difficulties while facing bouncers. Then my coaches gave me examples of Sachin sir and made me watch his old videos. I used to tackle the world’s tall and fierce bowlers easily. I have learnt a lot from his videos. He is my inspiration. He is the main reason for me to keep going in my career, ”he said.
“I started my career because of him (Sachin Tendulkar). I don’t have anybody else in my family who plays any sport. I was 10 when I saw his innings on the television screen. I am really thankful to my parents and my mentor Manan Vohra (Indian cricketer) who have supported me a lot in my career, ”said Azad.
Azad also talked about a conversation he had with the batting legend of India Rahul Dravid .
“I was in a camp at NCA, I met him (Rahul Dravid) a couple of times. He gave me batting tips and said - 'you are doing well. Just don’t take any pressure. Go and play, the way you have been. It's a good opportunity for you. He has coached us and his lessons and guidance will always be with me, ”Azad said.
“I just keep things simple. This is the mantra I have learnt from Rahul Dravid sir. I do my homework ahead of a match. I see the videos and statistics of the opposition. I work on two things - watch the ball and time well, ”Azad signed off.