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ICC U-19 World Cup | Pacer Ravi wreaks havoc as India knock out defending champions Bangladesh to advance to semis

Left-arm seamstress Ravi Kumar delivered a sensational opening spell as India’s ‘class of 2022’ demanded sweet revenge, ousting defending champions Bangladesh by five wickets to enter the semi-finals of the ICC U-19 World Cup here on Saturday.

India will meet Australia in the semi-finals on February 2, having won seven of the unprecedented nine U-19 World Cup quarter-finals.

Son of a CRPF staff member, Uttar Pradesh-born Ravi, who followed in the footsteps of his illustrious Dean of State Mohammed Shami to ply his trade for Bengal, finished with excellent numbers of 7 -1-14-3 on a sticky track as Bangladesh was all for 111 in 37.1 overs.

Bangladesh were 56 to 7 at one point before SM Mehrob (30) and Ashiqur Zaman (16) added 50 for the eighth wicket to take the team past 100 runs.

In response, India chased the target in 30.5 overs with fly-half Angkrish Raghuvanshi’s 44 being the best score.

Skipper Yash Dhull scored a chiseled 20 not knocked out and his assistant Shaik Rasheed made it 26 as the win was even more satisfying given the youngsters returned without any practice after recovering from COVID-19.

It was an appropriate response from the ‘Boys in Blue’ to the ‘Tiger Cubs’ after their senior group lost a moody 2020 final that was followed by rude behavior from both sides, especially the Bangladeshi, whose reactions have always been complete. the top when it came to beating India.

For the current lot, victory was also needed after being beaten twice by this same team last year in a four-nation encounter in Kolkata.

India won a good draw and Ravi made full use of the humidity below with an initial move in the air helping the team’s cause.

Ravi, who has a natural ability to bring the ball into right-handers, beat right-hander Mahfijul Islam (2) to an inswinger in the second set.

His opening partner, southpaw Iftakher Hossain (1), was crushed by the slow lane as he attempted to cut to the square and was held back at the point by vice-captain Shaikh Rasheed.

One-drop hitter Prantik Nawrose (7) wasn’t comfortable at all during his stay and was late on the drive to a delivery that swung wide to offer Kaushal Tamble a hold in the slides.

At 14 for 3 in the eighth, there was no coming back for the Bangladesh boys as they started losing wickets at regular intervals.

Left-arm spinner Vicky Ostwal (9-1-25-2) was consistent as always with her steal and dive, which didn’t come easy for opposing hitters.

However, if anyone deserves credit for limiting Bangladesh to a manageable total, it’s Ravi, who a few months ago was another resort cricketer, plying his trade in club cricket. from Kolkata.

The 18-year-old had his share of twists and turns before becoming the spearhead for the Indian colts in the tournament.

In fact, speaking with officials from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), it was learned that the left arm pacer who played for Ballygunge United came for the Bengal U-16 trials in 2019 but was rejected after failing to clear the TW3 (Bone age verification test).

However, a good CAB T20 league tournament for Kanchenjungha Warriors brought him to Bengal U-19 as former India opener and national coach Devang Gandhi and assistant coach (bowling) Jayanta GHosh Dastidar worked with him.

In fact, when holding Vinoo Mankad (U-19) National One Dayers, the vine is that outposts sent by the local state association were to watch Ravi’s bowling partner, Debopratim Halder, who was considered as a better prospect.

But the attention of national coaches was drawn to Ravi, who was later inducted into India’s Challengers U19 team.

“He’s a very hard-working lad and if you ask me, Devang has worked a lot on his mental side. Also, his biggest asset is the ability to swing the ball to the right-handers.

“It’s his stock delivery and he works that ball a lot in the net,” said GHosh Dastidar, who was a student of Dennis Lillee in the first batch of the MRF Pace Foundation, alongside Javagal Srinath and Ashish Winston Zaidi. PTI.