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Chand hoping to lead the way for India

India captain Unmukt Chand is confident his side can win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 in Queensland this month.

Chand hoping to lead the way for India - Cricket News
India captain Unmukt Chand is confident his side can win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 in Queensland this month.
The Indians - who won the tournament in 2000 and 2008 - were disappointing at the 2010 edition in New Zealand, finishing in sixth place.
They quickly rediscovered their form though, winning a home series against Australia, Sri Lanka and West Indies in 2011 in which they were unbeaten, and Chand's side have also played plenty of good cricket in 2012.
Firstly, they outshone Australia, New Zealand and England in another four-team series, this time in Townsville, before they tied with Pakistan for the Under-19 Asia Cup, and their consistent performances over the last year has the skipper optimistic about his team's chances.
"The team wears a settled look," said Chand ahead of India's tournament opener against West Indies in Townsville on Sunday.
"We have played three tournaments over the past few months - a quadrangular series in India, another in Australia, and then the Asia Cup in Malaysia. We won the first two tournaments, and were joint winners in the third.
"The boys are used to playing with each other, and confidence levels are very high. We also have excellent support staff. We are looking forward to the World Cup, and hope to emulate our predecessors of 2000 and 2008."
Chand - who scored centuries in both the semi-final and the final of the Asia Cup - also believes their tournament in Australia earlier this year will help India quickly acclimatise to the conditions.
India will not have it easy against the Kraigg Brathwaite-led West Indies though, with the opener already having played in nine Test matches.
Brathwaite - who is tipped to be one of the stars of the tournament and scored 99 and 96 in two warm-up matches - also has high hopes about his country's performance at the tournament.
"I believe we can win the event," Brathwaite said.
"We just need to believe in ourselves, go out there and play as a team and to our full potential. We are motivated and it would be great to win the title for the people of the West Indies.
"As a team, we will be looking to show the world our talent and that West Indies cricket has a bright future."
Other matches on Sunday see England battle Ireland, Bangladesh take on South Africa and New Zealand face Scotland.
 

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