India were assured a record four medals in the World Junior Boxing Championships after four of its six quarter-finalists made entered the last-four stage of the event in Yerevan, Armenia on Wednesday.
After the troika of Sandeep (46kg), Namit Bahadur (50kg) and Shiva Thapa (52kg) advanced with contrasting wins in the first session, Vikas Khatri joined them in the semi-finals after winning his bantam weight bout in the evening session.
Vikas defeated Yang Zhang of China 8-6 to set up a tough clash with Yunior Ernesto Valdes Boleri of Cuba after a rest day tomorrow.
India had won two gold and a silver medal in the last edition, which was the country's best-ever performance in the event. This time, the team is set to improve at least the medals tally.
However, there were a couple of disappointments as well with Kuldeep (57kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (48kg) ending up on the losing side.
While Gaurav lost 4-8 to Bagdat Uaidayev of Kazakhstan, Kuldeep went down 11-8 to Aleko Chadashvili of Georgia.
Earlier, Sandeep was the first to take the ring for India against Aliaksei Hohleu of Belarus. He started off cautiously with the opening round ending 1-1.