Ricky sets up victory platform
The Indian Under-19 team took on defending champions England at the Colombo
Cricket Ground on the 20th of January 1999. The wicket at the Colombo
Cricket Ground was on the slower side. The ball did not come on to the bat
fluently and strokeplay was hardly the order of the day.
India won the toss and predictably stuck England in to bat. The
English batsmen lost wickets at regular intervals and at no point
looked like they would post a challenging total. The Indian
mediumpacers and spinners alike did an admirable job and England were
restricted to 182/9 in their allotted 50 overs. Left arm spinner Anup Dave
with 2/33 from hi 8 overs was the most successful of the bowlers.
Chasing 183 was never going to be too hard for the Indian batting line up.
If they got a good start that is. Cricket folk lore is filled with stories
where modest totals have posed problems to sides batting second. Not on
Although the England opening bowlers Harrison and Murtagh did their best to
tie down the Indian batsmen, the small total they were defending made it
excessively hard for them. Ravneet Ricky used the opportunity to play
himself in and grind the bowling. His partner Manish Sharma played more
aggressively, taking a few more risks than was necessary. Ricky however,
sized up the situation perfectly.
Pacing his innings well, he timed the ball through the gaps with consummate
ease. Never attempting anything flashy, Ricky showed the bat maker's label
to almost everything that was dished out to him. His innings of 68 included
9 crisply hit boundaries and came to an unexpected end when he was bowled
by Murtagh. However, by this point, he and Manish Sharma had put on 134 runs.
The stage was already set for victory and captain Mohammed
Kaif in the presence of Manish Sharma guided India to victory without further hiccups. Once
Ricky had given India the perfect star..
Under-19 World coup, 1999-2000
7th Super League Match: England Under-19s v India Under-19s at Colombo (CCC), 20 Jan 2000
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