Viratís advice during IPL useful: U19 skipper Zol

Despite not featuring in a single match in the IPL last season, Vijay Zol believes he has learnt a lot. The 18-year-old from Jalna, who was recently named the captain of the India under-19 team, says the interactions he had with bigwigs in the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp will serve him well when he leads a team of fresh-faced youngsters to Australia for a triangular series on June 28.

"During our training sessions, I made it a point to talk to as many senior players as possible. Of course I didn't know that I was going to be named captain then, but the things I learned from the seniors like (AB) De Villiers, Daniel Vettori and Virat Kohli are going to be very useful," he says.

Zol says that a chat with Kohli, who himself captained the Indian U-19 team to glory in the 2008 World Cup was the high point. "Virat spoke to me about ways to motivate myself for games and also egg on my teammates. He also spoke to me about taking the right decisions at the right time and more importantly, backing the decisions that I take. He also told me to remember that since I have prior experience of U-19 international cricket, I need to put that to good use for my teammates and myself," he says.

Zol was part of India's 2012 U-19 World Cup winning team under Unmukt Chand and played every match in the tournament.

The stylish southpaw is bullish about the teams chances Down Under. He says that a solid Cooch Behar trophy outing in January, which saw Maharashtra being crowned champions, and a strong performance for the senior Maharashtra team in the Vijay Hazare trophy have ensured that he is in prime form. "I played well in the Cooch Behar campaign, got a couple of big hundreds, scoring centuries always gives a boost to your confidence. Also I scored 75 in the first Deodhar Trophy game I played. Playing with big names and performing well has further strengthened my self-belief," he says.

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