Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2012: Sachin Tendulkar says Under 19 team made India proud

Indian captain Unmukt Chand smashed an unbeaten 111 as India chased down a challenging 226-run target against defending champions Australia in the final to win their third title Getty Images

New Delhi: Aug 26, 2012

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar complimented their Under-19 counterparts for winning the World Cup in Australia after their own victory in the first Test against New Zealand here Sunday.

Batting maestro Tendulkar said: “We were watching and following what was going on in the final in our dressing room. I would like to congratulate the team and tell them that you guys made us proud by raising that beautiful trophy.”

Chand led from the front as India beat defending champions Australia by six wickets at Tony Ireland Stadium. This was India U-19s’ first triumph after Mohammed Kaif and Virat Kohli led their teams to win in 2000 and 2008.

India Under 19 team s performance was also hailed by former cricketers. Describing Chand’s unbeaten 111-run knock as the best innings in under-19 cricket, Akram said, “As a whole package, he is excellent.

“This guy is very special and I hope the Indian selectors are looking at him because Ian Chappell (former Australian captain) has been saying, we have been saying that Chand is ready for India.”(PTI)

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