VVS Laxman hails resilience, positive attitude of Indian players after U-19 World Cup triumph

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VVS Laxman hails resilience, positive attitude of Indian players after U-19 World Cup triumph

Former India batter and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman praised India’s resilience in the recently concluded U-19 World Cup.

India won the U19 World Cup for the fifth time on Saturday, defeating England in the final at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. Midway through the tournament, a few members of the squad, including Shaik Rasheed and Yash Dhull, tested positive for COVID-19, but whoever stepped in performed an excellent job, and India did not lose a single game in the 2022 U19 World Cup.

“Firstly, huge congratulations to the selection committee. Because it was a new selection committee and it was quite challenging for them to identify this group. And after that, I think it’s the coaching staff with Hrishikesh as the head coach, Sairaj Munish Bali, and all the support staff. The way they brought this group together. They worked really hard and won the Asia Cup and the preparation for this World Cup was fantastic,” said Laxman after India won its fifth U19 World Cup title.
“In the middle of the tournament, we all know what happened to the boys, to test positive. But to show that kind of resilience and positive attitude is exemplary. I think BCCI has to be complemented, the number of tournaments each age group players gets to play. But unfortunately over the last two years because of Covid they didn’t play any tournament. And that’s why this win is very special. It is just a learning process and everyone understands that in the group. Exciting times for all of them,” he added.

In the summit clash, the Yash Dhull-led squad defeated the Three Lions by four wickets. India had won the U19 World Cup four times previously, in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018.

India got off to the worst possible start in their chase for 190 runs as Joshua Boyden dismissed Angkrish Raghuvanshi (0) on the third ball of the innings. Harnoor Singh and Shaik Rasheed then joined together at the crease and put on a second-wicket stand of 49 runs. As soon as India appeared to be gaining the upper hand. England roared back into the game in the 18th over, dismissing Harnoor (21), reducing India to 49/2.

After that, Raj Bawa (35) and Nishant Sindhu (50*) ensured that India did not lose any more wickets in a row. In the end, India won the U19 World Cup for the fifth time with a four-wicket victory.

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