Unmukt Chand benefits from Sehwag and Kohli

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Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 11:27 [IST]
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Unmukt Chand benefits from Sehwag, Kohli

Bangalore, Jul 4: India Under-19 World Cup captain Unmukt Chand has said he has benefitted from watching Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli.

Chand, who on Tuesday, was named as skipper for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia this August, said he spoke to Kohli and received lot of batting tips.

The 19-year-old right-hander was a star of India's campaign at the recently concluded Under-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur. The skipper led from the front, stroking two hundreds and the team were joint winners after the final against Pakistan ended in a thrilling tie.

"Watching these (senior) players, you pick up a lot of things, not just directly but indirectly as well. That doesn't really apply to captaincy. I have, however, picked up a few batting tips," the Delhi lad told the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) website bcci.tv in an interview on Wednesday.

He added: "I spoke to Virat (Kohli) when he scored the two centuries in Bangladesh and Australia (earlier in 2012). At that time I was getting out in the 30s and 40s in the Ranji Trophy so I asked him for advice. He told me that it was important to believe in one's abilities. That it was important to react to the ball rather than plan one's strategy beforehand. You don't need much technical (advice) but these motivating words about one's mindset before playing a shot help a lot."

Chand, who plays for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said that stint in IPL also helped him improve as a batsman.

"I spoke to them (Delhi Daredevils players) about many issues, but to be honest, I didn't speak about captaincy. I saw (Sehwag) on the field so I picked up many batting tips but I didn't talk to him about (captaincy). But sometimes when I encounter problems, I do go to people (for advice) and they really help me out," he said.

Chand will be hoping he can bring back the Under-19 World Cup to India after his Delhi team-mate Kohli had led the team to glory in 2008.

India will open their World Cup campaign on August 12 with a game against West Indies. The tournament will be held from August 11 to 26.


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