India U19 team skipper Yash Dhull credited VVS Laxman for helping the team with his valuable experience.
The Indian Colts beat Bangladesh U19 team by five wickets in the Super League quarter-final on Saturday in Antigua.
India ended Bangladesh’s hopes to defend the U19 title as they were bowled out for 111 in the first innings.
VVS Laxman giving his experience gives us a lot of help in the middle: Yash Dhull
Indian skipper Yash Dhull said the combination of the team is good and all the players are helping each other in their rough patch. Dhull also mentioned Laxman’s (NCA head) contribution in lifting the morale of the team.
“Our team combination has been very good and the boys are gelling well. Whenever someone is down, we all get together to bring them up. It is a lifetime experience here. The team is improving day by day. Laxman sir giving his experience gives us a lot of help in the middle. We will look at the semis on the day of the match depending on how the wicket is,” Dhull said after sealing victory against Bangladesh.
It’s been a good experience so far: Ravi Kumar
Left-arm pacer Ravi Kumar picked three wickets to destabilise the Bangladesh batting order early in their innings. Kumar cleaned the stumps of Bangladesh opener Mahfijul Islam with a full inswinger in his first over.
He sent back the other opener Iftakher Hossain and P N Nabil in his initial spell as Bangladesh were reduced to 16 for 3 at the end of eight overs.
Left-arm spinner Vicky Ostwal picked a couple of wickets as Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Kaushal Tambe and Angkrish Raghuvanshi chipped in with one wicket each.
Ravi Kumar was adjudged as the player of the match for his excellent spell of 3/14 from seven overs. Kumar said his task was to bowl accurate lines and build pressure on the opposition.
“The plan was simple – to bowl tight lines and create pressure. Preparation was nice during the last few days. We spent a lot of time together and prepared well. It’s been a good experience so far and we hope we can go all the way,” said Ravi Kumar.
Despite India lost opener Harnoor Singh for a duck, Raghuvanshi made 44 from 65 balls and Dhull remained unbeaten on 20 as they chased the paltry score in 30.5 overs.
India U19 team will play against the Australia U19 team in the Super League semi-final 2.