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“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
Nothing is impossible if you struggle for it, with the purest of your intentions and this is what India’s young guns have shown over the years, that they are the best in business. There is no doubt that India is on the top side of the world at the moment. But when it comes to their U-19 talent, there is no match for that, surely.
India has been the most dominating and consistent side in the U-19 World cups and there is no doubt about that. It is a fact that Indian Cricket is very well polished and nurtured at the hands of the greats of the games. So, let’s uncover some of the reasons behind India’s immense success in the younger format of the game over all these years.
History of Indian U-19
Blue shirts have been exceptional in International Cricket whether it is their national side or younger teams. The records are mind-blowing. Out of 250 youth ODI’s, they came out in top in 190. They have won 26 out of 77 youth Test matches.
This record goes beyond when they play in events like Asia Cup and ICC U-19 World cup. The team has won the world cup five times now. In 2000, they won it under the captaincy of M.Kaif, in 2008 they won the title under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, in 2012 under Unmukt Chand, in 2018 under Prithvi Shaw, and recently they have raised the world cup trophy under Yash Dhull.
Asia Cup titles have been a children’s play for them, and they have acquired 8 of them. This shows how much work is done by BCCI to ensure that hard work pays off and the future of Indian cricket is secured.
Star Cricketers who made National Sides
BCCI always makes sure that they get the right talent at the right time and Indian U-19 sides have always caught up with the standards of the game. There are a lot of talented players who came from these teams to the National sides and we are going to name some of them. Undoubtedly, the most prolific of them, the classical Virat Kohli, the man who has changed the course of Indian Cricket. The most successful test captain for India, yes and he also came from the younger team.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and many more shows how nurtured their raw talent is and this has produced many legends for them and more are standing in for succession.
Production of Stars: The Process
The Indian Cricket Authorities have established their control over the main cricket-producing fraternity which are the clubs and schools. The grassroots of their cricket is so strong that they are constantly producing new and talented players.
Each state has its own Cricket Association, which has complete control over its clubs and School cricket. They are constantly looking out for new talent. The sports societies make sure that there is no mishandling and the player found is nurtured properly at the ground level. We see that they invest more in raw talent which helps them to construct a pathway for them to become stars for tomorrow. This is what every cricketing nation should do. Money invested on a higher level is going to do nothing except make international cricketers rich. There are qualified persons associated with the structure at the lowest level of their cricket.
With a big domestic structure, such as Ranji Trophy, every year 570 new players are found which shows us the success of this complex and gigantic pathway of Indian Cricket. This is the reason behind a talented U-19 Indian Cricket team which is always consistent when they play for their country.
Whenever we see the Indian U-19 team, we see a great unit of players who make good decisions and play at the best of their abilities to achieve success. Their hard work behind the scenes is matchless and the techniques are extraordinary. Player development is exceptional and they work on their mental abilities which no other team does better. They handle the pressure with so much ease and there is no panic whatsoever. The players back each other when they struggle, but hardly they do.
All of the above-mentioned facts and figures add up, and we see the most consistent team in the world. Indian Cricket is producing and adding talented players to international cricket. If they continue on this path, there is a lot to come and we are going to see more star cricketers in the future.