Inspiration from seniors, team effort worked: Akshdeep
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The success of the senior cricketers in the 2011 World Cup seems to have acted as a huge source of inspiration for the India under-19 cricket team as well. A combination of this inspiration and team effort helped the younger lot in winning the Under-19 World Cup.
Talking to The Indian Express after the Indian victory in the final, Akshdeep Nath, the vice-captain of the team, said, "It was a team effort that has resulted in this victory. We had been working (playing) as a strong unit for the past one year or so. The team had triumphed in all the tournaments it played. The support staff of the team is very good. There was a lot of inspiration coming from the seniors as well. Indian success in the World Cup last year had boosted our morale also in a big way."
Talking about the final match of the junior World Cup today, he said, "There was a little pressure initially since we were playing against Australia in Australia but before the match we told ourselves to take it as just another match so that we played with a positive approach. We had defeated Australia in the past also. In April this year, India had triumphed in the quadrangular series in Australia— defeating Australia in the final by seven wickets. The tour had given us an opportunity to get a feel of the pitches and the grounds in Australia."
Akshdeep said tips given by Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai before the team left for Australia were very beneficial for the team.
"The meeting with Sachin Sir dealt with various aspects like team preparation before such a tournament, the mindset with which we should play etc. He also shared many of his experiences with us. Earlier, in Bangalore we had got a chance to interact with Yuvraj Singh. The advice given by such great players who were an important part of Indian team which won the World Cup motivated us further."