U-19 World cup: India the proud champions

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Prithvi Shaw joined the elite list of Mohammed Kaif, Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand when India won the coveted U-19 World Cup for the record 4th time, defeating Australia comfortably by 8 wickets.

Thesprightly boys of Dravid have proved to the entire world that if you work hard, sky is the limit. This Indian team, is full of characters more than players who are willing to express themselves if given an opportunity.

Morethan the batting prowess of Shubmann Gill, the player of the series, the captain Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra, the player of the final, it was the bowling quadret of Anukul Roy, Ishan Porel, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti which shared the limelight and surprised the legendary fast bowlers with their ability to clock 140+ kmph considtently.

Ifyou see their road to the title triumph, it was entirely lop sided, but that’s how this young bunch performed, dominating right from the word go.

In their opening match against Australia, it was the top 3 of Shaw, Kalra and Gill that did the brunt of the damage before the quickies complemented the batting effort with their disciplined and tight bowling.

In the next two games, it was the bowling quadret spearheaded by Anukul Roy that did the damage and the match was won even before the Indian team came to bat.

In both the quarter finals and semi finals, the ability of this team to counter attack after early inroads came to the fore. They had enough firepower in their bowling to rattle the opposition out.

In the finals against Australia, their bowling was once again the central force in bundling out the Aussies for 216, something rare in Indian cricket. The Indian team responded in a grand fashion, thanks to Kalra’s unbeaten ton to lift the trophy.

One of the striking features during their triumph was their ability to take all 10 wickets during their bowling to ensure that their batting efforts aren’t wasted. A total of 60 wickets was taken of which the wreckers in chief were Nagarkoti, Mavi, Porel and Roy.

This World Cup triumph was entirely about these 7 players: Shivam Mavi, Anukul Roy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra and Shubmann Gill. They were the impetus behind India’s unbeaten campaign in the World Cup.

They delivered everytime when it mattered the most under different circumstances. They weren’t frightened by the challenges thrown against them and had the big match temperament, a unique quality which is rare among youngsters.

Finally, how can we forget the head coach who was the silent guardian behind these youngsters’ careers? Full credit must go to Rahul Dravid for managing his troops well and calling it right when needed the most.

As Unmukt Chand rightly said, ”Win or lose, it will only be significant but part of their biggest journey”, these lively youngsters have a long way to go. As the cliché goes, a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step, but it doesn’t really matter if that first step is shaky as long as it lands firmly and confidently.


Congratulations, Team India.

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1 thought on “U-19 World cup: India the proud champions

  1. It was an awesome performance with complete domination. Like Dravid, this shouldn’t be the only memory that defines them. They deserve even more

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