Unmukt Chand admits he was nervous during final stages of tie against Pakistan

Unmukt Chand said the rollicking start provided by the pacers, set the tone of the match Getty Images

Townsville: Aug 20, 2012

The India vs Pakistan games over the years have been tense and India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand did admit that he was very “nervous” and “shivering” till the last wicket pair of Harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma guided India to a one-wicket victory.

“I was very nervous, I had goose bumps. I am still shivering. I think both the teams played well. It’s always good to play against Pakistan. They were competitive,” Chand said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The skipper was all praise for man-of-the-match Baba Aparajith for his all-round performance.

“He played well. It was his day today. He took four catches and then got their main batsman out. Had he finished unbeaten in his knock, it would been even better,” Chand lavished praise on his teammate.

India were chasing a small target of 137 but crossed finish line with just one wicket in hand. Chand said he felt pressure as match could have gone in favour of either side.

The Indian captain said the rollicking start provided by the pacers, set the tone of the match.

“It was a good start for us. Sandeep bowled well and Ravikant and Passi were equally good. Fielding was also top notch,” he said.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who scored a fighting half century admitted that they made mistakes.

“We tried our best. Sandeep was good. We made mistakes and that’s why we lost,” he said. (PTI)