Yuvraj dazzles with the bat and seals it with the ball (October 1999)
When a strong Delhi side took on Punjab in the Dhruv Pandove
Stadium at Patiala in the league phase of the Cooch Behar Trophy
it was always unlikely that the match would end with a result.
Both teams had strong batting sides and it would take an
exceptional bowling performance or a genuinely bad one with the
bat to force a result. In terms of bowling, Delhi held the slight
edge. AK Suman and Rakesh Jha were in prime form and would be a
difficult proposition on any wicket.
Yuvraj takes Punjab into finals (December 1999)
The Cooch Behar Trophy has traditionally been a platform on which
the careers of promising young players have been made. A success
in this tournament would catch the eye of the selectors and
propel youngsters on to bigger things. This has worked both ways.
The gritty and determined youngsters raise the level of their
game and others destined for less glory find the pressure too
much to take and crumble.
Yuvraj Singh grinds Bihar into pulp (December 1999)
The finals of the Cooch Behar Trophy played at the Keenan Stadium
in Jamshedpur saw one of the most determined innings in the
history of Indian first class cricket. The sheer weight of runs
scored itself inspires awe. Punjab took on Bihar, in what turned
out to be a totally one sided affair.
The semi final of a World Cup is just the kind of stage that
separates the men from the boys. This is especially so when the
match in question is part of the Youth World Cup. At the P
Saravanamuthu Stadium in Colombo, Australia and India locked
horns in a semi final clash that would decide who would take on
the hosts Sri Lanka. Winning the toss, India elected to bat first
on a wicket that looked like it would crumble later on.