Boys do a men, lift Under 19 cricket World Cup

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 27, 2012 10:09 IST
  • Vijay Zol, left, celebrates with teammate Akhil Herwadkar after India's victory over Australia in the the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, ...

  • Harmeet Singh (left) celebrates with his teammates after India defeated Australia in the U19 Cricket World Cup Final at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, ...

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    Fans celebrate India's victory over Australia in the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, Australia. (AP Photo/International Cricket Council, Ian Hitchcock)

  • Sandeep Sharma bowls to Australia during the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, Australia.  (AP Photo/ICC, Ian Hitchcock)

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    Ravi Kant Singh, center, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Myerick Buchanan of Australia during the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, ...

  • Baba Aparajith, left, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Australia's Kurtis Patterson, right, during the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, Australia. (AP ...

  • Indian cricket team celebrates with the trophy after winning the U19 cricket World Cup at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, Australia. (PTI Photo/ICC)

  • Unmukt Chand celebrates after scoring a century against Australia in the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, Australia.  (AP Photo/International Cricket Council, ...

  • Indian players pose for photos as they celebrate their victory over Australia in the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, Australia. (AP ...

  • Indian players celebrate their victory over Australia in the the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, Australia. (AP Photo/International Cricket Council, Ian ...

Three days ago, Delhi lad Unmukt Chand's BBM status said, "I can feel the Cup in my hands." Seventy-two hours later, the 19-year-old and his teammates were dizzily posing for pictures, with the U-19 cricket World Cup firmly in their hands.

The young guns came out all blazing on Sunday in coastal Australian town of Townsville to beat hosts and holders Australia by six wickets, powered by skipper Chand's unbeaten 111 in a tense final on a bouncy pitch.

Wicketkeeper Smit Patel (62*) played a perfect supporting role and their unbroken 130-run stand saw India win the U-19 cup the third time.

Sent in to bat, Australia made 225-8, with captain William Bosisto scoring 87 not out.

India started strongly but collapsed to 97-4 before Chand guided the winners to 227-4 in the 48th over.


In this photo provided by International Cricket Council, players pose for photos as they celebrate their victory over Australia in the the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final in Townsville, Australia. AP/ICC

Winners in 2000 and 2008, India will relish this victory for long as it was achieved in demanding pitch conditions and against rivals who were high on confidence after staying unbeaten - until the final.

Chand was named the man of the match.

India now are both the senior and junior world champions. MS Dhoni's men captured the bigger prize at home last year.


Unmukt Chand celebrates after scoring a century during the U-19 World Cup final against Australia. PTI

The seniors were generous in their praise of the juniors, having kept an eye on the proceedings in Australia while they thrashed New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs on the fourth day of the first Test in Hyderabad on Sunday.

"First of all congratulations to the U-19 World Cup team, Unmukt Chand batted really well," said Dhoni.

In his congratulatory message to the U-19 team, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "You are the sports stars of tomorrow."


 

Read more:
On top of the world | The skipper keeps his word | Twin celebration for seniors | Unmukt could feel cup in hand three days ago | We were confident we could win: Smit | Chand hails his team | Thrashing Australia in finals is not easy: Kohli | BCCI's reward | PM congratulates team

 

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