India is a country where Cricket is celebrated as a sport. Be it a world cup match or a one-day match or Indian Premier League, every match gets thousands of viewers in the stadium and through television and online platforms.
In a recent youth test series between India U19 and Sri Lanka U19, India has managed to win by an inning and 21 runs at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Nishan Madushka's brilliant ton (103) and a valuable 78 from Nuwanidu Fernando went in vain as India bundled out Sri Lanka for 324, 21 short of the visitors' first innings' score on the fourth and final day of the match.
The Lankans added just 147 runs for the last seven wickets as Mohit Jangra turned out to be the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of five for 72. He was well supported by Ayush Badoni, who took two wickets.
Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun Tendulkar took his first wicket at the end of his second over in first innings.
A revered coach in the domestic circuit, Kumar talking about Arjun’s selection controversy said, "I don't know about that as it's not my area of concern but as a coach, all the boys are equal for me." "For me, Arjun is no different from other kids. My job is to bring the best out of each and every one of them."
Arjun also picked up one wicket in the second innings as well. He was, however, out for a duck in his maiden U-19 knock.
Earlier, after bowling out Sri Lanka U-19 for 244, India rode on centuries from Badoni (185 not out) and opener Atharwa Taide (113) to score close to 600 runs and grab a first-innings lead of 345.
The second match between the two sides will be played from July 24 in Hambantota.
We wish hearty congratulations to the U19 team for their win and good luck for their upcoming test. Stay tuned to Laughing Colours for the latest sports news and updates.