Indian cricket has another reason to celebrate, the youth brigade of India has made a clean sweep and dominantly win all the game including finals of Under-19 World cup just concluded in New Zealand. Young Indian team has impressed the world not only by remaining undefeated in the tournament but also by the fact that we have won both semifinal and final in almost a one sided affair.

 

It gets to show how strong our team is and how strong the junior domestic structure is, from where this team has evolved. SauravGanguly after watching this young team rightly said that India will be dominating the world cricket in next five years.

 

 HarshaBhogle made an interesting observation recently that the way BCCI looks after and promotes the Under-19 cricket is just perfect and is kind of an example for other countries to follow. BCCI has made sure that the next line up of Indian cricket is ready after going through the vigorous grinding of youth as well as senior cricket. It is ensured that the talent is nurtured and been given right system to grow in.

 

This young team is extremely blessed to have Rahul Dravid as their Coach. We can easily say that the future of Indian cricket in safe hands. “The Wall” is making sure that the real talent and future of Indian cricket is developed in the best environment.

Saurashtra is no way behind in looking after its young cricketers who have gone on to become national players. 

 

We can start from the example of Cheteshwar Pujara who scored 350 runs in 6 games in U-19 World cup 2005-06. He was declared Man of the tournament to get noticed by the World that a star was in making. In 2007-08 Ravindra Jadeja along with Virat Kohliplayed an instrumental role in winning the World cup by taking 10 wickets in 6 games. Ravindra was also part of the India U-19 team which played in 2005-06 world cup.

Jaydev Unadkat in 2009-10 (U-19 World cup) made a hugeimpact by taking 7 wickets conceding only 100 odd runs in the tournament. Nikhil Rathod from Rajkot was also a member of India U-19 team for the 2003-04 World cup played in Srilanka.

 

And for this latest edition we have Harvik Desai from Bhavangar who is a wicket keeper batsman and part of this victorious U-19 Indian team. Harvik not only scored 157 runs in 4 games including one fifty (56 N.o) but also kept the wickets really well and took 3 catches and 3 stumpings behind the stumps. In the final against Australia a diving catch towards slip area was indeed a highlight of his wicket keeping abilities.

 

Saurashtra Cricket  Association would like to heartily congratulate the India U-19 team and Harvik Desai in particular for making all of us proud. 

 

Well done. 

 

- By Prakash Bhatt
 (Prominent Player and Former Captain of Saurashtra Ranji Team)