U-19 WC hero, Unmukt to focus on India 'A' tour

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 16:27 [IST]
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August 26, a big day in my life: Chand

Mumbai, Aug 29: His sterling performance at the junior level might have brought him in contention for a slot in the senior side but Indias under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand today said that he is not looking too far ahead and wants to do well for India A in the next tournament.

Chand had slammed a match-winning unbeaten 111 in the summit clash against Australia and former International captains such as Ian Chappell and Wasim Akram feels he should be fast-tracked into the senior team.

"We are very happy to win the World Cup. Aug 26th is a big day for me. I think I was fortunate to score the hundred when my team needed me most. I have been selected to play for India A and I am looking forward to do well there," Chand told reporers after arriving to a rousing reception here this afternoon from Australia.

"The final was an important match and I wanted to do well. Some days you click and some days you dont. I wanted to take India to 226 and I was successful and I am really happy about it.

"I take one tournament at a time. I want to play for India but dont want to think about it now. I want to do well for India A," said Chand, who will be leaving for New Zealand along with the team early next month.

Indias U-19 coach Bharath Arun was proud of his boys but said they need to be more mature and felt it would be a bigger challenge for them to walk up the ladder and play in the senior team now.

"Under-19 is a good platform and the boys have showcased their talent and proved that they are good enough. Our boys are extremely talented and can match anybody but they need to be more matured as a player. It would be a bigger challenge to climb up the ladder now," he said.

"The fielding was good and even the bowling we were facing were in the range of 140 and even some of them were bowling at 150 too. Everybody contributed, may not be quantity wise but quality wise. It was all about handling pressure and they did that. I am sure some of them will go on to play at the highest level soon.


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