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'Tendulkar's tips helped us immensely'

Press Trust Of India
Aug 29, 2012 at 08:16pm IST

Bangalore: India's triumphant Under-19 World Cup captain Unmukt Chand on Wednesday said his team's interaction with senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar helped the side to regain the coveted title Down Under.

"Tips given by Sachin [Tendulkar] were very helpful for us. He has played so many matches in Australia and he gave us the tips on the kind of pitches we would get during the World Cup. He also shared his experiences of combating pressure. So it was very helpful for us," he said.

Unmukt had hit an unbeaten 111 in the final against Australia to help India clinch the under-19 World Cup Trophy, which the country had previously won in 2000 and 2008.

Tendulkar's tips helped us immensely: Unmukt

Unmukt Chand said the interaction with senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar helped the side to regain the World Cup trophy.

He said Sehwag also has been instrumental in boosting his confidence and the Delhi dasher has been giving useful batting tips which helped him improve his batting. "I have played a lot of matches alongside Sehwag for Delhi. He gives me useful batting tips which have helped in building my confidence," he said.

The 19-year-old also confessed that maintaining a diary has helped him to become a thinking captain. "I get to learn from my diary where I jot down things good and bad which I cannot forget. I then try not to repeat bad things. Maintaining a diary helps," he said.

Unmukt also said his habit of reading books has come handy in improving his leadership qualities and concentration on the game. "I have passion for reading books and I had been doing it since my childhood. You get to know many things and you come across many views of the people. This helps building leadership qualities," he said.

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