5 Takeaways for team India in ACC U19 Asia Cup
Updated - Dec 24, 2016 9:04 am
The ACC U19 Asia Cup concluded and India were the deserving champions of the tournament. India secured their third ACC U19 Title in perhaps the most unusual of circumstances, to say the least. The 34-run win was concluded when Yash Thakur ran out Praveen Jayawickrama off a no-ball. The umpire raised his hand as the curtains were brought down on what was certainly an impressive tournament, to say the least.
Undoubtedly, when seen at a broader scale, the Indian team were the deserving champions. They remained unbeaten in the series and never let any opposition get close to them. A thoroughly clinical display saw them come out triumphant in the end and lift the trophy. The campaign started with India U19 making a mockery of the Malaysian side. Bowling them out for a paltry 54 showed the bowling prowess of the unit. A win over Nepal U19 followed by an outright batting display against Sri Lanka U19 followed.
The team then had a convincing win in the semi-finals against the spirited Afghans. To cap off the wonderful series, it was a jubilant win over Sri Lanka U19 again in the finals. The series was a spectacular one for the team and a consequence of it, there were many takeaways for the unit. Here are the 5 key takeaways for Team India in the ACC U19 Asia Cup that looks like a precursor for a bright future:
1. Himanshu Rana impresses with the bat
Indian opener Himanshu Rana was rightly named the Player of the Tournament. His efforts with the bat at the top order set the tone for India’s stable batting on most occasions. Having started off in a mild fashion, the swashbuckling opener peaked at the right time. He had reserved his best for the last two games. A brilliant 130 against the Afghanistan U19 saw India post a mammoth 294 on the board.
He continued on the merry run in the finals against Sri Lanka U19 where he struck a vital 71. He emerged as the leading run-getter of the tournament with 283 runs to his name in 5 matches at an average of 56.60. With the senior Indian team often being in selection conundrums for the opening slot, Rana has served a good case for himself as he looks like one for the future.