Over-confidence cost us final, says Prasad

Published: Monday, February 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Coach Venkatesh Prasad today blamed "over-confidence" for his team's stunning defeat to Pakistan in Under-19 World Cup cricket final in Colombo.

Talking to reporters on arrival at the Anna International Airport here this morning, Prasad however said he was not too disappointed by the reversal in the title clash yesterday.

"Actually, our top priority was to reach the final and in that sense, I have achieved the goal," said Prasad, adding that he had no complaints and "thoroughly enjoyed working with a bunch of committed youngsters".

"It was sheer over-confidence that cost us the Cup. After getting to scores over 290 in the earlier matches with ease, the boys thought 110 was going to be a stroll in the park, which was not to be," the former India bowler said.

But the team members would have by now learnt that no match is finished till the last ball is bowled, he said.

"It would have been a great feeling to return with the trophy but the team had to pay the price for having started the celebrations a little early," Prasad added.

The Indian team, which had failed to make it to the final in the last two editions of the World Cup, improved their performance to figure in the final with a string of impressive wins in the lead-up to the summit clash.

The coach singled out spinner Piyush Chawla for special praise saying he was ready to play at the senior level.

He was also all praise for Rahul Dravid's team winning the One-day series against Pakistan convincingly.

"But I was unable to watch the action as I was too busy," he said.

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