To progress from U-19 to first class level, we need to put in double efforts: India captain Dhull

Virat Kohli became a world beater, Unmukt Chand disappeared after early promise and Manjot Kalra’s senior career did not even start well in four years.

The story of star junior cricketers of her time, all from the capital of India, unfolded very differently and Yash Dhull is fully aware of the range of examples that are there for him.

For the semi-finals of his team ICC U-19 World Cup against Australia on Wednesday, skipper Dhull made no bones about the fact that the actual battle will begin after the mega-event.

“We will have to work twice as hard after this level and improve even more. We have to be consistent and perform regularly so that the transition from U-19 to first class level is fast enough and in turn we are chosen quickly. So we have to concentrate on our game and work hard, “Dhull said on the eve of the match.

He and some of his U-19 colleagues are part of IPL auctions that will surely be in the back of their minds as they focus on the big semi-final.

“IPL auction is there and I try to focus on the present, what needs to happen will happen and if I keep my focus on the game and do it right, it will only be beneficial for me going forward,” he said.

Positive thinking is what Laxman wants from the team

The head of the National Cricket Academy VVS Laxman is in West Indies to guide the boys and it is a dream come true for them to get advice from the maestro.

“Laxman sir, he shares his experiences that will help us in upcoming games, mindset, preparation. When I was in isolation, he called regularly and had video calls where he motivated me and told me to stay positive and to stay in good frame for upcoming games, “said Dhull.

“Australia is normal attack and we are ready”

The gentle Dhull has a calm confidence about him. When asked what the strategy would be, seeing the fact that the strip on Coolidge grounds was not exactly a paradise for batter, he spoke like a ‘pro’.

“We will assess the match situation and decide on what our approach will be. Unless we are playing on the track, it is difficult to say,” said Dhull.

India had a slight collapse in the Bangladeshi match, but Dhull is not overwhelmed by the Australian bowling attack.

“It’s a normal attack. We’ve been playing for so many years and preparing them at this level,” he replied calmly.

“We will focus on partnerships and will try to capitalize at the end.”


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