Zol likes it when the chips are down

"I like shouldering the responsibility and shining when the chips are down."

Vijay Zol: Focussed on the Under-19 World Cup. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: There is something about the latest crop of India’s U-19 skippers that makes them rise to the occasion and score runs in big matches. If Unmukt Chand — captain of the 2012 World Cup winning team — started the trend, current skipper Vijay Zol doesn’t seem to be one to be left behind.

Having had mediocre outings — by Zol’s standards — in the group stages of the just concluded U-19 Asia Cup in Dubai, he saved the best for the final as he joined hands with latest teen sensation Sanju Samson to not only score a century, but also help India beat arch-rivals Pakistan in the final and win the tournament — the U-19 team’s fourth tournament win on the trot.

Speaking to MAIL TODAY, while Zol did say that the team has been performing exceedingly well, on the personal front, he likes making it count on the big stage. “I feel that the team has been bonding really well and having played quite a few tournaments together, we know each others’ strength and weakness, making it easier for us to complement each other."

Zol and Samson stars of India's U-19 Asia Cup win
Zol not worried about milestones

“As far as my own performance is concerned, I like shouldering the responsibility and shining when the chips are down. I dedicate the hundred in the final to my dad and I am very happy that we managed to beat Pakistan at their own den. I think this win augurs really well as we are close to the U-19 World Cup. This win will definitely stand us in good stead,” he said.

Zol was a part of the 2012 World Cup winning squad and while most people would think that going into the showpiece event as defending champions could be a burden, Zol begs to differ.

“I think it puts us in a position of strength as others will go into the tournament knowing what we are capable of. It is all about perspective and being positive and I feel that the players in this team know what we are capable of,” the 19-year-old player said.

Comparison between the 2012 team and the current team is bound to happen and who better than Zol to analyse the difference between the two teams.

But Zol refuses to be dragged into the debate. Rather, he wants to focus on his own game and be more consistent at the domestic level.

Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.


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