Member of Indian under 19 players return home on the eve of 5th February after winning the U-19 world cup in New Zealand.
A celebration party and off-course a team dinner also arranged by the BCCI in which players were looked relaxed and happy. The young stars also fielded questions from the journalists during a session.
I have always enjoyed bowling fast. I knew I was quick but had not clocked myself. I was happy to see the speed gun showing the readings it did- Kamlesh Nagarkoti the young fast sensation of India.
We had discussed a basic plan before every game and wanted to back each other, just as all fast bowlers do. We had decided that if one of us was in the zone and picking up wickets, the other would concentrate on keeping it tight and focus on bowling dot balls. Glad that it worked most of the time — Shivam Mavi, on bowling in tandem with Nagarkoti.
Yuvraj Singh helped me a lot. I first met him during the camp at NCA, where he was also training. He gave me some of the most valuable tips. He told me not to commit the mistakes he had made when he was my age. That changed my whole approach towards the game — Shubman Gill, on the influence of his Punjab senior.
Pakistanis, expectedly, sledged us and we gave it back. But one of the most memorable moments for me was when we made Rahul Dravid sir dance. We were singing and dancing to some English and Hindi numbers during the party after the final and we dragged him to the dance floor. He was sporting enough to shake a leg — Manjot Kalra, the Man-of-the-Match of the final.
Now some of these players will be seen to play along with some of the great’s of world cricket in the Indian Premier League starting from 8th April.