Leading The Indian Under-19 Side: A Jinx In Disguise?

Nandhini ReddyCorrespondent IApril 14, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 3 : Virat Kohli of India poses with the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup at the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers on March 3, 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

The Indian under-19 side is considered to be one of the strongest sides in youth cricket. They bagged the junior world cups in 2000 and 2008 lead by Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli respectively.

The junior side is always looked upon as a hoard of potential talent. Almost all the renowned names in contemporary Indian cricket, except Sachin Tendulkar, owe their recognition to the under-19 team. (Sachin did not play for the under-19 side.)

When the members of the junior side made histories, the skippers who led them often went unnoticed. Among the 25 plus captains who led the Indian under-19 side only four of them managed to grab a consistent place in the senior side: Rahul Dravid, Agit Agarkar, Krishnamachari Srikanth and Ravi Shastri.

Further discouraging is the fact that only two of those four: Rahul Dravid and Ravi Shastri have served as long term captains for the Indian senior side.

Other under-19 skippers including Saba Karim, Mohammad Kaif, Sridharan Sriram, Reetinder Sodhi and Ajay Ratra made it to the Indian senior side only to be dropped a while later. The future of the most recent captains of the junior side: Piyush Chawla and Virat Kohli are still at stake.   

All these skippers had earned their captaincy in the under-19 side after a phenomenal display of talents but the reason behind their incapability in faring well for the senior side still remains a mystery.