ICC U-19 World Cup: We had such talented players that it made the captain’s job simple, says Prithvi Shaw
Before India’s Under-19s took the flight out from Auckland to Mumbai, captain Prithvi Shaw spoke to The Indian Express about fulfilling his dream of successful a World Cup, the affect Dravid had on the crew and why he had the intestine feeling about the crew going all the manner. Excerpts.
Did you guys handle to catch any sleep?
It was an extended day and lengthy evening. Who desires to sleep after successful the World Cup. We all waited for this. I didn’t even have a look at my cellphone (after the win) and solely noticed all the congratulatory messages in the morning. I attempted to get in contact with my father however his cellphone was switched off. I’m positive it was a busy day for him too.
What does the win imply to you?
It is a giant factor for me and for every and everybody who’s a part of this squad. One doesn’t expertise such days usually. I’m actually pleased about the manner we performed cricket throughout the match. Be it bowling, batting or fielding, we had such talented players that it made the captain’s job simple.
What had been your ideas when holding the trophy?
It was finest feeling I ever had in my life. Winning the World Cup for India has been a dream and I’ve achieved it at the Under-19 stage. I need to do the identical at the senior stage however there’s nonetheless a good distance for that. Soon we received’t be youngsters anymore and will enter a person’s world. Life, and the recreation of cricket, will throw new challengers at us and we hope to beat them.
What has captaincy meant to you?
Captaincy made me extra accountable on and off the discipline. I actually loved captaining this bunch of lads and they actually supported me to all through this journey. When you might be main the aspect, one must be extra targeted. I’ve captained my state as properly my college teams.
When you landed in New Zealand a month in the past what had been your aspirations?
I used to be actually assured that this crew may beat anybody in the World Cup and we did that. There was common perception that ‘we are the best’. Our preparations began two years in the past. During camps and whereas taking part in, we received to know one another properly. Plenty of credit score ought to go to Dravid sir and help employees, who’s work can not been seen however their contribution has been much like the players.
You talked about about Dravid… What was the atmosphere in the dressing room?
He is legend however he created such an atmosphere that we may discuss to him like a buddy. He is such a easy man. The manner he carries himself is outstanding. After the win he instructed us to stay grounded. On a private stage, Dravid instructed me that an opener’s contribution is vital as a result of it will assist obtain a giant goal or assist set a giant goal. So your wicket is vital in all codecs.
Why is your jersey quantity 100?
I like the quantity. In Hindi (sau) it feels like my surname Shaw.