Chandrakant Pandit, who was recently replaced as the chairman of the junior selection committee after just one year during the Indian board’s Annual General Meeting, was delighted with the performance of the India U-19 players after winning the Quadrangular Series final on Saturday.
South Africa U-19 were bundled out for 66 in 28.1 overs after the hosts made 267 for six wickets in 50 overs to register a thumping 201-run win in the summit clash at Visakhapatnam.
“I am extremely happy with the way the boys have been performing. The best part is that every boy is contributing. They all are performing. I congratulate the entire support staff, the coach and my former colleagues for this victory,” Pandit said.
“These are good signs for the U-19 World Cup preparations. I hope they continue doing well. The BCCI has given good exposure and opportunities to the players to prepare for the World Cup,” noted the former India stumper.
Apparently, Pandit was the only one to be replaced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the junior selection committee. Baroda’s Connor Williams is the new chief selector of junior cricket.
Meanwhile, it was once again Mumbai’s wonderkid Sarfaraz Khan, who starred with his all-round skills for India in the final. Though skipper Vijay Zol top-scored with 71, it was 15-year-old Sarfaraz who provided the late surge.
Batting at No 6, Sarfaraz slammed an unbeaten 58-ball 67 that included six shots to the fence. Sarfaraz, who will turn 16 on October 27, then scalped two wickets and conceded nine runs in three overs.
“He is quite impressive. He should continue playing well,” said Pandit. Aamir Gani was the pick of the bowler for India, claiming three for 18 in 5.1 overs. Kuldeep Yadav claimed two for 13 in eight overs with three maidens while Deepak Hooda got a solitary wicket.