Taide, Rathod named in India Under-19 squadsJune 8, 2018
Owing to their consistent performances throughout the season, Vidarbha Under-19 skipper Atharva Taide and middle order batsman Yash Rathod have made it to the Indian squad for the forthcoming Sri Lanka tour. India will play two Tests and five-One-day matches in Sri Lanka.
As reported by TOI on Wednesday, Taide and Rathod are part of both Tests and One-day squads. However, stumper Akash Kumar narrowly missed out on the Indian berth due to stiff competition.
He lost his place to Delhi’s Anuj Rawat and Uttar Pradesh’s Aryan Juyal. “All I can say is he was unlucky. All three are very bright future prospects,” a BCCI source told TOI after the team was announced on Thursday evening.
Taide and Rathod have played a key role in Vidarbha’s success last season. They had performed brilliantly in both formats. Vidarbha won their maiden Cooch Behar Trophy earlier this year.
They were also the champions in the Central Zone Vinoo Mankad U-19 One-day Trophy. Taide was the second highest run-getter in the tournament after Aryan Juyal.
Both Taide and Rathod performed brilliantly in the Inter-Zonal Under-19 Trophy conducted by the National Cricket Academy at Una, Himachal Pradesh. They helped Central Zone to finish runners-up in the tournament, which was won by North Zone.
Rathod hit two hundreds and three fifties, while Taide slammed a big hundred and a couple of fifties during the tournament.
Taide, who led Vidarbha to the historic Cooch Behar victory earlier this January, just missed Yuvraj Singh’s record of the highest individual score in the final.
Southpaw Taide scored 320 against Madhya Pradesh and became the second player after Yuvraj to score triple ton in the final. He scored 669 runs at an average of the 63.77 with the help of two hundreds and a fifty.
Rathod, on the other hand, had a great tournament where he emerged the highest run-getter in the country with 945 runs at an average of 94.5 hitting five hundreds and twin fifties.
Akash was sixth highest run getter in the country with 757 runs at an average of 54.38 with the help of two hundreds and five fifties. He was also quite safe behind the wickets.
Dattatray, Rathod to be honoured by BCCI
Leg-spinner Rohit Dattatray and Yasth Rathod will be honored by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during their annual award function at Bangalore on June 12.
Jagmohal Dalmiya Trophy and a cheque of 1.5 lakh for finsihing the highest wicket-taker in the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2-16-17. Vidarbha won their maiden Merchant Trophy last season. Incidentally, it was Vidarbha’s first BCCI trophy at any level. Dattatray finished the tournament with 61 wickets at an average of 14.78. His best was against 7-135 against Rajasthan at Jaipur.
Rathod will get MA Chaidambaram Trophy for the highest scorer in the Cooch behar Under-19 Trophy in 2017-18 season.