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Indian curry too hot for Kangaroos

Monday, February 05, 2018

The Prithivi Shaw-led team gave India its fourth ICC Under-19 World Cup win and it is a commendable one as the victory was achieved away from home and with consumatte ease. The team played to a plan and achieved the inevitable in a very calculated way. Thus, the Under-19 World Cup, in a way, made them graduate from being boys to becoming men, in an inspired sahow of cricket excellence.

Captain Shaw deserved all credit as he led his side with confidence personified. Again, Rahul Dravid made the task easy with his innovative coaching methods that saw the batsmen stick to a plan without any fumbles in between. India's Under-19 bowling coach Paras Mhambrey's name was well and truly remembered when the team lifted the World Cup in style. The Indian bowlers picked 2 wickets each in the final with a sustained spell of bowling. Anukul Roy picked up 14 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 9.07. The final saw bowlers picking momentum and the batsmen played to their potential to clinch the cup with 11.5 overs to spare. Manot Kalra made his presence felt as an opener and the fielding was outstanding with the wicket keeper Desai accounting for three good catches. Shubman was the Player of the Tournament as he excelled with the bat scoring 372 runs, with three half centuries and a century against his name. We are thrilled by the stupendous achievement of our young cricketers and this win will be cherished for a very long time. Kudos to Prithivi Shaw and company for this emphatic win.

— C.K. Subramaniam, Sanpada

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A brave act against Australia on a wonderful Saturday brought victory to India in the ICC World Cup U-19 final. The team showed what they had in them. Australia made first use of the wicket in the important final 'down under'. Australia scored 216 off 47.2 overs and the Indians were ecstatic and knew that they would win handsomely. The seamers – Ishan Porel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi proved to be the magnificent trio in the series win, and Roy emerged as the highest wicket taker, with 14 wickets in the series. Indian captain Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Karla opened in style with a 71 run partnership, and the latter went on to score an undefeated 101 off 102 balls, which made a great impact in the chase to 217.

The team played better cricket than the Aussies who were found wanting in various aspects of the game. The success story is due to the mentor and coach Rahul Dravid, 'The Great Wall of India' who made each one play to their potential. Dravid has scored almost 25000 runs in both formats of the game combined. Dravid can make a champion out of youngsters  and the players adore him. An Aamir Khan movie song comes to mind – 'Baar baar haan, bolo year haan, apni jeet hoh, unki haar haan!' – truly apt for the young Indian battalion!

The Under-19 team have everything to play for and must continue to play in the same vein as displayed in Australia.  Their spirits are very high and we should rope in the young budding cricketers into the senior side.

— Pradeep A., Chembur

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Kudos to our U-19 team for winning the World Cup, trouncing Australia with ease to prove our supremacy in junior cricket as well. The Indian curry was too hot for the kangaroos as they puffed & hopped, surrendering to the Indians who outsmarted their opponents in all department of the game. Our bowlers led by Kamlesh Nagarkoti bundled out the Aussies for a paltry 216, which was easily chased by our boys. Manjot Kalra's brilliant ton at the top of the order made our task of surpassing the Australian total easy. Prithvi Shaw, Shubham Gill, Nagarkoti and Manjot, to name a few from this squad, have great talent and can be elevated to our national side even tomorrow; such is their caliber. Rahul Dravid as coach really had a big role to play in our win as he guided the boys to give off their best in conditions that suited the opponents. Well playedTeam India. The boys turned men surely deserve a fat purse for their World Cup winning performance, and they truly deserved to win!

— S.N. Kabra, Goregaon

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