Yash Dhul wants to play with Rohit-Virat, made India U19 World Cup winner

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New Delhi: Yash Dhull, the captain of the Under-19 World Cup winning Indian cricket team, dreams of making a place in the senior team in the next 18 months and this 19-year-old cricketer has made a place in Delhi’s Ranji team. Steps have also been taken in this direction. He doesn’t even remember the number of planes Dhul changed in the last two days after becoming the world champion to join the state team after reaching India from the West Indies and then to Ahmedabad for the felicitation ceremony. Dhul, who was away from his family for two months while pursuing his dream of becoming a world champion, got only half an hour to meet his parents. After reaching Delhi in the early hours of Thursday, Dhul reached his school Bal Bhavan where he met people who had helped him become a successful cricketer. After two hours, he was to leave for Guwahati with the Ranji team. Between school and the airport, Dhul only got time to bathe and get ready in his house. After winning the World Cup, Dhul has not even got time to sleep properly. He said, ‘I have barely been able to complete my sleep for the last few days. There’s nothing in it though that I can complain about. What I have done so far is over. Now I need to focus on what the near future holds. Most of the cricketers of the Under-19 World Cup are not known to get representation in the national team but Dhul has got his target ready. He wants to make a place in the national team in the next 18 months. He said, ‘This is my goal, even if I am not able to do it in the time frame of 18 months, I will keep working hard till I achieve my goal.’ Dhul is the third Delhi captain after Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand to win this title. While Kohli touched the pinnacle of success after this feat, Chand’s career graph could not progress much. When asked if there is a fear of failure at the top level after World Cup success, Dhul said, “The names you have taken (Kohli and Chand), I am not thinking anything like that. I want to be humble and don’t want to think too much about the future. He said, ‘Virat bhai shared his experience with me about what happened to him after the Under-19 World Cup (2008).’ Kohli, however, played Ranji Trophy with the Under-19 team before winning the World Cup. But Dhul has not played red-ball cricket yet at the Under-19 level as well. Dhul believes that he is ready for this change. He said, ‘I have to change my mindset for the red ball game, the preparation will be a little different. I don’t think it will be much different and tougher than the white ball. The red ball does a little more movement in the beginning but after spending some time it becomes easier to bat. It is after mindset and physical fitness. During the Indian team’s campaign, Dhul was on quarantine for seven days after being infected with Covid-19. It was disappointing for him but the words of National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman encouraged him. A day’s net session before the quarterfinals was enough for his comeback. He said, ‘The first two days of Quarantine were very difficult. After that I started practicing in the room itself. Mentally I was ready. I had done my preparation for this competition from last few years.

[Attribution to NBT]

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