Bangalore, Aug 1: New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has said he learnt a lot from Under-19 World Cup and that helped him become a "totally different player and leader" today.
Taylor captained his country's U-19 side when the event was staged in New Zealand in 2002.
Reflecting on that event, Taylor said in an ICC media release: "I think the ICC U19 CWC 2002 gave me the exposure and a chance to play in a world tournament, something which most of the other sports don't offer at that young age. It was nice to have that exposure and the experience and to play in your country, in front of your family was extra special."
Taylor scored 85 runs in five innings of six matches as New Zealand failed to qualify for the Super League semi-finals after managing just one victory against England following losses to Australia and South Africa in Group 2.
Taylor is one of the 15 players to have captained their countries in the ICC U19 CWCs and also at the highest level.
"I have a come a long way since then," said Taylor, adding: "It was a privilege obviously to captain your country at the age group in a World Cup. And with the event taking place in our country, it was extra special.
"But captaining the national team was dream come true, something I never thought would happen. So, I am very happy and learning a lot along the way.
"I think I learnt a lot from the 2002 event and I am now a totally different player and leader. You learn a lot from your mistakes and am sure this is what I have done so far."
Talking about tips to future stars, Taylor said: "I think you need to have the motivation and sacrifice to be a cricketer and play cricket for a living, the discipline and all the parts comes together itself and takes care of the rest.
"My first and foremost advice will be to enjoy yourself as a lot of time you tend to put a lot of pressure on yourself. Of course, try to adjust to the conditions as quickly as possible, try to play as a team, learn from your mistakes and have fun. If you do all those things, your team will be competitive."
Taylor also had a word of encouragement for the New Zealand U19 side as well. "Good luck. Enjoy the moment, enjoy representing New Zealand and I wish the team all the best and look forward to seeing the results."