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It was a total team effort, says Abey Kuruvilla

Junior selection panel chairman Abey Kuruvilla termed the U-19 World Cup triumph as a terrific team performance.

Press Trust Of India |August 26, 2012, 7:30 PM IST
It was a total team effort, says Abey Kuruvilla

Mumbai: Junior selection panel chairman Abey Kuruvilla termed the U-19 World Cup triumph as a terrific team performance.

"It was a terrific team performance. They played as a unit right through the tournament and deserved to win," the former India and Mumbai pacer said.

India, powered by captain and opener Unmukt Chand's unbeaten hundred, defeated Australia by six wickets in the final held on Sunday at Townsville. Kuruvilla, who still plays local Kanga League games, credited all the players, the coach (Bharat Arun) and the team's support staff

"I will give credit to the entire team, the team's coach and the support staff for this splendid victory," said Kuruvilla, noting that whenever the team was in trouble, there was someone who put his hand up and delivered.

"There was always someone to deliver the goods when the team was under pressure," he said.

Kuruvilla also said that the team was expected to do very well going by its immediate past record in the Under-19 events.

"We won the quadrangular in Australia (also featuring Australia, New Zealand and England), were the joint winners of the U-19 Asia Cup (with Pakistan)," he pointed out.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3672 102
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 10071 258
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