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Will focus on my India 'A' tour to New Zealand: Chand

Last updated on: August 28, 2012 18:23 IST

'Will focus on my India 'A' tour to New Zealand'

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His sterling performance at the junior level might have brought him in contention for a slot in the senior side but India's under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand said that he is not looking too far ahead and wants to do well for India A in the next tournament.

Chand had slammed a match-winning unbeaten 111 in the summit clash against Australia.

"We are very happy to win the World Cup. Aug 26th is a big day for me. I think I was fortunate to score the hundred when my team needed me most. I have been selected to play for India A and I am looking forward to do well there," Chand told reporers after arriving to a rousing reception.

"The final was an important match and I wanted to do well. Some days you click and some days you don't. I wanted to take India to 226 and I was successful and I am really happy about it.

"I take one tournament at a time. I want to play for India but don't want to think about it now. I want to do well for India A," said Chand, who will be leaving for New Zealand along with the team next month.


Image: Unmukt Chand
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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India's U-19 coach Bharath Arun was proud of his boys but said they need to be more mature and felt it would be a bigger challenge for them to walk up the ladder and play in the senior team now.

"Under-19 is a good platform and the boys have showcased their talent and proved that they are good enough. Our boys are extremely talented and can match anybody but they need to be more matured as a player.

"It would be a bigger challenge to climb up the ladder now," he said.

"The fielding was good and even the bowling we were facing were in the range of 140 and even some of them were bowling at 150 too.

"Everybody contributed, may not be quantity wise but quality wise. It was all about handling pressure and they did that. I am sure some of them will go on to play at the highest level soon," he added.



Image: India's under-19 players celebrate after winning the World Cup
Photographs: Getty Images

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