Happy to be compared to Virat Kohli: Unmukt Chand

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Updated: Saturday, August 4, 2012, 13:32 [IST]
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Happy to be compared to Kohli: Chand

Bangalore, Aug 4: India Under-19 World Cup team's preparations here at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) ended on Thursday and captain Unmukt Chand said they were not taking any team lightly in the tournament. He also felt "inspired" by Yuvraj Singh's comparion of him to Virat Kohli.

The World Cup players trained hard at the NCA and were also part of a three-day boot camp at the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary. The camp concluded on Thursday. Under-19 World Cup 2012 starts in Australia on August 11 and will go on till August 26.

Chand spoke to the Media after the end of the camp here. The team will leave for Australia from Mumbai on Saturday.

There are two changes in the squad as Manan Vohra and Mohsin Sayyad are ruled out. Hanuma Vihari Gade and Ravikant Singh come in. Vohra injured his finger while Sayyed is suffering from dengue.

"Mohsin Sayyad and Manan Vohra will not be travelling to Australia with the India U-19 team for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. Mohsin Sayyad is suffering with dengue and has been replaced by Ravi Kant Singh (Bengal). Manan Vohra has fractured his finger in a practice match and has been replaced by Hanuma Vihari Gade (Hyderabad)," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a media release.

The Indian captain said the team was not under pressure to bring the Cup back.

"Not at all (pressure). We've been enjoying each other's company. We've always tried to rectify the errors. If we do the right things again, we will be hopeful about this tournament as well," the Delhi batsman said.

Chand said it was inspiring for him to be compared to Virat Kohli, by Yuvraj Singh.

"It's really inspiring when people compare me to Virat (Kohli) and all. You feel happy about it but then you have to continue scoring runs and contribute to the team's cause. It's all about performing well on a consistent basis."

On the tournament, he said: "It's the World Cup and we are not taking any of the teams lightly. We will try to get into the groove from the very beginning. It took some time for us to adjust in the quadrangular series (also in Australia). This time we want to grab the momentum right from the very beginning. That's where practice matches help."

On his captaincy, he explained: "When I bat, I don't think about captaincy at all. It's only on the field that I think about it. You need to demarcate these two tasks. Captaincy doesn't affect me. On the other hand, it has helped to own up more responsibility while batting. Earlier I used to be a bit casual in my approach to batting."

Talking about the camp, Chand said: "It was really good. We have played in Australia and so we knew the things we had to work on. We were specific on the things we had to work on. We tried to plug the gaps that came across in the last three-four tournaments and tried to strengthen our basics."


Story first published:  Saturday, August 4, 2012, 13:23 [IST]
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