Here's how Dhoni helped India win U-19 World Cup

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Updated: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 18:35 [IST]
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Here's how Dhoni helped India win U19 WC

Bangalore, Aug 26: India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand has revealed how he was inspired by India senior team captain MS Dhoni's advice to win the World Cup on Sunday.

Chand played a gem of an innings in the chase of the Under-19 World Cup final against Australia in Townsville as India lifted the trophy after triumphing by six wickets.

The 18-year-old opener, Chand, struck an unbeaten 111 off 130 balls with seven fours and six sixes.

"I had heard Dhoni speak (about) this before... that (in the) 38th over, I won't take a risk because the bowler is not as frustrated as he is in the 46th or the 47th over," Chand was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC) website after the victory.

"I may take a risk (then) because the bowling side is also more pressurised. I was just thinking that I should also take it to the last moment, because you know six, seven or eight runs, you can get anytime in an over.

"The important thing was to save wickets. If you have wickets in hand, even eight or nine (per over) on this track was not a difficult task."

India, chasing 226 for a win, were in trouble at 97/4 in 24.2 overs. But Chand and Smit Patel (62 not out) kept their cool under pressure and were at the end together with an unbroken partnership of 130 runs in 23.2 overs.

"We have played four tournaments until now. It has been a long journey starting from Vizag (Vishakhapatnam) to the quad series to the Asia Cup to the World Cup.

"It has been a great journey and a great finish I can say. Now probably we don't know when we will play again, probably we won't play again together so that's a bit of an emotional thing as well. (I am) really happy that we could pull it off and finish it on a high.

"(In all four tournaments) initially we have had a few jitters but we carried on really well and that's what matters the most. We peaked at the right times and that's a quality of good teams."


Story first published:  Sunday, August 26, 2012, 18:34 [IST]
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