India dominate in record fourth U-19 World Cup title

India dominate in record fourth U-19 World Cup title

Updated: February 4, 2018 2:45 am

As celebrations started in the India Under-19 dressing room on the Bay Oval in New Zealand, the players spilled drinks on the ground. Coach Rahul Dravid didn’t wish to be a moist blanket on the day his group had received the World Cup however he politely instructed this group of younger males to proceed partying however with out dirtying the place. It was quintessential Dravid. And the boys rapidly moved the ‘party’ outdoors. Earlier, this noisy bunch had danced in the background as Dravid was being interviewed by the official broadcaster. Dravid regarded amused earlier than he delivered a sobering line.

“Hopefully it’s a memory they (the players) will cherish for a long time, and hopefully it’s not a memory that defines them and they will have a lot of bigger and better memories as they go on ahead in their careers,” Dravid stated on Saturday.

The Under-19 players would have heard related phrases of knowledge from the coach in the run-up to the World Cup, however on Saturday night time they had been maybe too caught up in the frenzy to concentrate. Dravid knew they hadn’t heard him and he didn’t thoughts both for this was a night for the players to let their hair down and bask in the victory.

The Prithvi Shaw-led facet had overwhelmed Australia by eight wickets to carry a record fourth Under-19 World Cup. Opening batsman Manjot Kalra scored an unbeaten 101 to information India residence after Australia selected to bat however had been bowled out in the 48th over for 216.

On the eve of the World Cup closing, the Indian group gathered in the assembly room and reminisced about their journey collectively over the past two years and went by means of a collection of images and movies. It was a deliberate ploy by the teaching workers to get the children’ minds off the largest match of their lives.

It is learnt that a brief message from Coach Dravid adopted, “It’s been an enjoyable journey so far and let’s continue it for one more day.” Less than 24 hours later, Shaw and his group had lived as much as that message.

On Saturday, when the goal was right down to single digits, the whole dressing room had moved to the porch as they waited for Kalra’s impending ton. With every dot ball, the anxiousness grew and the players on the sidelines began to get stressed. Just when it regarded like they couldn’t take the stress any extra, 12th man Aaran Juyal put his foot down and screamed, “Doston baith jao – aap sab baithe the toh achha chal raha tha (Friends sit down, when you were all sitting, things were going well).” In a flash, all of them obliged.

A minute later, Kalra had his ton and after greeting it with unabashed pleasure, they walked hand-in-hand and assembled alongside the boundary line. They may scent victory and knew it might come quickly. When it did, they didn’t wait to see how far Harvik Desai’s hit by means of the purpose area had travelled earlier than bolting on to the sector. Dravid received up and embraced every member of his assist workers whereas letting the players have their second in the solar.

The players then broke right into a collection of dance strikes that appeared completely scripted. The spotlight — Shaw standing in entrance of the entire group and pretending to push them one after the other as all of them dropped down and remained sprawled throughout the ground. Shaw would later reveal it was a transfer from a Playstation online game.

It was the proper finish to the script, but it surely wasn’t the brightest of beginnings for India on Saturday. The bowling was wayward, the fielding shoddy and catches that had been pouched with ease earlier in the match spilled. It was maybe the one interval throughout this World Cup that the Indian group regarded like they wouldn’t be topped champions. But that was only a blip.

Once Ishan Porel offered the primary breakthrough, India had been again in the groove. Australia would stumble to be all out for 216 – they had been 134 for 4 in the 29th over – from a place of power. Suddenly, the Indian crowd had discovered their voice and Punjabi music echoed across the Bay Oval.

A couple of early boundaries from Shaw and Kalra allowed the Indian dressing room to loosen up much more, and the group supervisor sauntered out and walked round prefer it was some other match, not a World Cup closing.

Partnerships value 71, 60 and the unbeaten 89 stitched collectively by Kalra and wicket-keeper Harkiv Desai helped India canter residence to an eight-wicket win.

The players ultimately, as soon as they had been accomplished with their mid-pitch shenanigans, took a victory lap across the floor and appeared greater than wanting to oblige each selfie.

As the celebrations continued indoors, Kamlesh Nagarkoti emerged out of the dressing room and requested for a ‘selfie’ with the media. One journalist stated that by the point they returned to India Nagarkoti wouldn’t be so accommodating in the direction of the digital camera and the media, citing the examples of teams that had beforehand achieved this feat. Pat got here the reply from Nagarkoti, who has turned heads together with his tempo throughout the match: ‘Nahin, hum waise nahi hai (No, we are not like that)’.

By Gaurav Joshi


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