India pulled off a stunning 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-12 win over favourite Brazil in the World youth volleyball championship in Italy on Saturday.

The Indians once again proved their superiority in both attack and block in a match that lasted two hours and 20 minutes.

“It was not just one man’s game. The team played as a cohesive unit,” said G. E. Sridharan, the head coach of the team.

“The boys were well aware of Brazil’s strength. And, they played to a plan. Ravikumar and John Christopher played an extraordinary game,” he added.

After the third set, Sridharan substituted second setter Thennarasan for Ranjit Singh. And, it paid off. Thennarasan performed to his potential and that, in fact, turned the tide in India’s favour in the last two sets.

He also appreciated the efforts of blockers Navjit and Vaishnav and libero Kanagaraj. “Kanagaraj did an excellent work in reception in the entire match. We will be meeting Russia next, and our aim is to carry forward our winning form,” said Sridharan.

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