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India ride on the power of youth

india Updated: Oct 23, 2011 00:17 IST
Nilankur Das

"It's not so easy being young" goes a popular punchline. It's certainly not accurate when you are part of this India team. A squad with as many as 10 players who are 25 years or under is beating the living daylights out of England. Yet, most of them know when the seniors are fit and ready to go again, they would have to make way.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma and Ashish Nehra are all big names. Almost all of them are in the process of regaining fitness. That has not stopped these boys from living the moment.

Ajinkya Rahane wants to make the most of the chance. Virat Kohli looks at it as a stepping stone into the Test squad. R Ashwin eyes this as an opportunity to cement his place as the one-day team's lead spinner and Ravindra Jadeja as a permanent No 7. Jadeja has done his chances no harm after playing crucial roles in two of the three wins.

Those had impressed skipper MS Dhoni so much that he said: "Once Yuvraj returns, the two left-handers would give a lot more balance. They are two useful options for a captain."

Valuable stint
For others like Umesh Yadav, who has played a part in the first three matches and is now out due to injury, Varun Aaron, S Aravind and Manoj Tiwary, more and more sessions with coach Duncan Fletcher and bowling coach Eric Simmons and quality time spent in the dressing room with the likes of Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir will be valuable for their future.

"It's a proud moment. The World Cup final was held here and we won. It's good to represent a world champion team. It's my home ground and it's a big moment for me," said Rahane, who made 91 in the previous match in Mohali.

"Mahi bhai has done well to keep the team together. We are backing each other. The youngsters have done well and the team management and the seniors have been helpful," he said.

After the series win in Mohali, Dhoni explained its significance in the absence of the seniors. "For us, especially the bowling department which is very new, we want to groom the youngsters. I feel as a unit they have done really well so far."