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“On top of the world!” Indian players revel in Under-19 Cricket World Cup glory

Rahul Dravid and members of the India U-19 cricket team couldn’t hide their joy after winning the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for a record fourth time

cricket Updated: Feb 03, 2018 20:58 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Indian players celebrate after beating Australia by eight wickets to win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for a record fourth time.(Twitter/cricketworldcup)

No other team would have dominated an ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup tournament as the Prithvi Shaw-led and Rahul Dravid-coached Indian team did at this year’s edition in New Zealand, clinching a record fourth title after winning all their games in the tournament. (IND v AUS HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)

India U-19 crushed their Australian counterparts by eight wickets and with 67 balls to spare, with opener Manjot Kalra scoring an unbeaten 101 in India’s successful chase of 217.

It was an all-round effort from the Indian team on Saturday, which saw them clinch a second win over Australia in this campaign.

“We have dreamt of this from last year and finally here we are. On top of the world. It’s very grateful to be a part of this team. I can’t explain my feelings right now. We’ll celebrate this night, the best night of ours,” expressed Abhishek Sharma, who claimed six wickets in as many matches.

Hoping that this is not the only win that would define these Indian cricketers, coach Rahul Dravid remained gracious as ever. “Really proud of the boys and the effort they put in. Proud of the effort they put in and couldn’t be happier for them,” he said.

“Hopefully it’s a memory they cherish for a long, long time, but hopefully not the lasting memory and they have many more great moments and bigger things in future. I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids,” Dravid added.

Fast bowler Ishan Porel, who claimed 4/17 against Pakistan in the semifinal expressed, “(It is an) amazing feeling. I’m feeling on top of the world. I’ve had messages on my phone from India. I (have) unfortunately not been able to reply to all of them, but thanks to all of them. Our bowlers have been fantastic throughout the tournament. I can only say team effort.”

Riyan Parag said, “It’s amazing. I was thinking I wouldn’t get to bat and I proved myself right. For an opener to take the team through is amazing. I thought it would be a tough match. It was a tough match but we made it look easy, I guess. As a batsman, if you execute your plans, you’ll succeed in these conditions.”

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 14:10 IST