Rajasthan Royals has had a controversial tenure in their six seasons in the Indian Premier League but their new captain Shane Watson feels it would have been a "shame" if the champions of the inaugural year were barred from playing in the seventh edition of the cash-rich tournament.
Zafar Gohar and Amad Butt put on 63 runs for the unfinished eighth wicket as Pakistan defeated England by three wickets in a low-scoring but nerve-racking thriller to reach its fifth ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium here today.
Sanju Samson and Kuldeep Yadav stole the limelight with individual brilliance as a strong India continued their unbeaten run with a crushing 245-run win over minnows Papua New Guinea in the Under-19 World Cup here today.
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian bowler to grab a hat-trick in the under-19 cricket World Cup before the defending champions crawled to a five-wicket win over Scotland while chasing a paltry target of 88 in their Group A match here on Monday.
Under-19 India captain Vijay Zol on Friday said his team was not under pressure against Pakistan in the World Cup opener as they had beaten the arch-rivals twice in the recently-concluded U-19 ACC Asia Cup.
Skipper Vijay Zol continued to make merry against the Sri Lankan attack as he scored his second successive hundred of the series to extend India`s lead to 181 runs in the second and final `Youth Test` here on Tuesday.
Together they brought home the U-19 World Cup from Kuala Lumpur but Virat Kohli and Siddharth Kaul`s careers have moved in entirely different directions in the past five years since that memorable final against South Africa.
He has been dubbed as the next sensation of Indian cricket, but promising talent Unmukt Chand is not looking too far ahead and feels a national call-up will come if he regularly performs at the domestic level.
Unmukt Chand, the captain of the U-19 Indian cricket team which won the World Cup, may not lose a year due to low attendance with Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh indicating he is "positively inclined" to see whether he could use his powers to allow him promotion.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today came out in support of U-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, who has been denied to appear for the first year BA examinations by his college, St Stephens.
The family of local lad Sandeep Sharma had reasons to smile as their boy was most successful Indian bowler with figures of four for 54 as India Under-19 won the World Cup beating Australia in the final.