New Delhi: Elated after his debut assignment as captain ended in the India under-19 team winning the tri-series Down Under, Vijay Zol says he wants to emulate senior side skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
     
Zol led the Indian team from front to win the triangular series in Australia, remaining unbeaten all through. He was adjudged Man of the Series for his brilliant performance with the bat.
     
"We have been following the senior team's performance in the West Indies and that really inspired us to do well. The way MSD played in the final, it's a lesson for every captain. He always performs when the team needs. He is a great reader of the game and I am a fan of his temperament," Zol said in an interview.
     
"If I can become even half of what he is, it will be more than enough for me. He is an exemplary captain and a wonderful batsman. The best part is that he knows how to handle the pressure. Youngsters like me can learn a lot watching him play," he said.
     
Giving credit to the entire team for the triangular series triumph, Zol said it all boiled down to soaking up the pressure.
     
"We had worked really hard at the NCA for one month prior to the tournament and left no stone unturned. Players had gelled well and that reflected in their performance. This win came with the whole team and support staff's efforts," said the youngster, who was the top-scorer with 293 runs in five matches including a century.
     
"I was captaining for the first time and it was the first ever tournament for most of the boys but they responded well. Beating Australia in their den was special and our mental toughness was the key to our success," he added.

(Agencies)

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