Victorious U-19 cricketers arrive to a rousing welcome

hidden, Aug, 28 2012
Victorious U-19 cricketers arrive to a rousing welcome

Mumbai: The victorious Indian Under-19 cricket team arrived to a rousing reception here this afternoon from Australia after winning the age-group World Cup in Townsville on Sunday.

Triumphant team skipper Unmukt Chand, who slammed a match-winning unbeaten century in the summit clash against Australia, was the first to come out of the Shivaji Chhatrapati International airport terminal, holding aloft the trophy.

Beside hordes of supporters, spinner Harmeet Singh's relatives and friends were present in big numbers at the airport to greet the team.

The winners returned home to a rousing reception. Ashish Magotra/Firstpost

The team will be felicitated by the Cricket Board at a function later this evening.

India defeated hosts Australia by six wickets to lift the trophy for the third time, following triumphs in 2000 and 2008 under Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli respectively.

"I am very happy. We played well in Australia and won it. It's a proud feeling," said Chand on the team's arrival at the airport.

Former Australia captain and TV expert Ian Chappell has praised Chand's qualities as a batsman by advising the Indian selectors to fast track his entry to the seniors rank, but the Delhi youngster is willing to take one step at a time.

"(Berth in the) senior team is a long way away. Now there is an India A team (tour to New Zealand) where I have to perform. If I perform well, then let's see," said Chand.

Chand, who has followed the footsteps of Mohd Kaif and Virat Kohli to lead the country to the under-19 World Cup title, is in the India A squad to be led by Abhinav Mukund, which is to tour New Zealand.

The young batsman was happy with the reception the team received at the airport. "The reception is quite good. We did not expect it but it felt really special."

PTI

Published Date: Aug 28, 2012 | Updated Date: Aug 28, 2012


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115