‘Winning happens not by chance’
FAITH AND determination was the key to India's Under-19 triumph in Kuala Lumpur, feels skipper Virat Kohli.
Speaking at the felicitation function organised by the BCCI and the KSCA to honour the young heroes who reached here this evening, he said: "We had faith in ourselves in lifting the cup. We have played as a team". Kohli's advice to the team during the crucial moments was to "play as a nation, and play the best game of your life". Looking back on the team's performance, coach Dav Whatmore said: "Winning a tournament does not happen by chance. It does not happen overnight".
Describing the squad as a "bunch of talented individuals", he said, "These guys have real passion to win which was evident as the tournament went along". Talking about the South Africa who they beat in the finals, Whatmore said "It was a tough group... They were worthy opponents".
They give us hope: Dravid
Rahul Dravid said the victory of the under-19 team was a “phenomenal achievement” and has has given a lot of hope to India. "It gives us hope. The future appears bright," Dravid said.
However, cautioning the youngsters, the former skipper said very few players go on to play for the national team.
"You have to be hungry and desperate to wear the national colours," he said. "This is the start of a critical phase in life. What you do now is more important," Dravid said.
Ganguly lauds Dhoni's boys
Nilankur Das adds from Guwahati
Even as a calm and composed Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked towards the square-leg umpire after Piyush Chawla caught James Hopes with Australia nine runs adrift, Sourav Ganguly celebrated in a better way away here.
He watched the first half of the match alone in his suite but for the second session, he came down and joined the rest of the Bengal team. "It is a great, great win for India," he said, walking towards coach Bharathi Arun's room. "There is no point comparing it with any other victory abroad. This is a historic win for India," he said.
Ganguly also complimented Sachin Tendulkar. "I have said before that he is a genius. He is playing exceedingly well and he has again done it for us in the finals," Ganguly said.