Bangalore, Sep 7: India Under-19 World Cup winning coach B Arun described Unmukt Chand as a "special" player and felt it was important for the India U-19 captain and his team-mates to be "stars of first class cricket" before being picked for international duty.
India, on August 26, won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup under Chand's leadership. Coach Arun, the former India medium-fast bowler, played a huge part in that success Down Under.
India defeated Australia by six wickets at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville. Chand hit a match-winning unbeaten 111 as India successfully chased 226. Chand won the Man-of-the-match award in the title clash.
In the aftermath of that triumph, the focus has all been on Delhi boy, Chand. However, Arun did not single out Chand as the only "special" player but added there were others, who too were "special."
"Unmukt (Chand) has been outstanding. Not only Unmukt but many others. They have done a fabulous job. Unmukt is special and there other players who are also special," Arun told Thatscricket in an exclusive interview on Friday.
He continued: "The biggest challenge is the next level. They have to excel there. They will get a lot of confidence if they do well there (first class cricket). They have to excel in first class cricket. They should be the stars of first class cricket. It is not necessary now to fast track them into Indian side."
Arun, who played two Tests for India, partnering Kapil Dev with the new ball, also appeared in four One Day Internationals.
The 49-year-old from Tamil Nadu was one of the main men behind India's third U-19 World Cup glory. He will soon be back at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to work with another bunch of young cricketers for future assignments.