Asia Cup 2017: Rahul Dravid Lauds Nepal Under-19 Team for Outstanding Work
As India Under-19 head coach Rahul Dravid has praised the efforts of Nepal players after they registered a 19-run win over defending champions India Under-19 team in the U-19 Asia Cup, 2017 at Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur on November 12, the Nepal head coach Binod Kumar Das was delighted to hear from his counterpart.
“This victory against India has come as a big boost,” Das was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Dipendra Singh-led Nepal further revelled following an emphatic victory which subsequently saw former Indian batsman Dravid hailing the promising show from the opposition team.
It’s pertinent to mention while showing the spirit of the game Dravid congratulated his counterpart Das, who was also the former Nepal national side skipper and all-rounder.
Das revealed Dravid had acknowledged the efforts of Nepal players which have eventually boosted the morale of the youngsters adding they are excited following the unconditional support.
“We are happy he acknowledges our effort. We are thrilled to have his support with us,” Das added.
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The 34-year-old Das remarked Dravid told him Nepal played good cricket and they deserved to win the game.
“He said we deserved this win as much as anybody else. He also said we played better than anybody else in the tournament,” Das asserted.
Interestingly, Nepal players further burst onto the scene with a team selfie which reflected how a win against quality side India which has had availed the services of a veteran batsman Dravid.
The Indore-born Dravid following his great gesture won the hearts of many including the Nepal camp which is concurrently participating in the tournament.
“Dravid has been very humble. He congratulated us,” Das maintained after Nepal dishearten Indian rookies with a win.
Soon after bundling out Himanshu Rana-led India for 166 in 48.1 overs, Nepal team celebrate the victory after upsetting India in the Group A fixture.
Earlier, batting first Nepal U-19 team posted 185 for eight in 50 overs, as leader Dipendra led from the front to score 88 off 101 deliveries. He smashed four sixes and two boundaries.
“We are all very excited about it because we have never beaten India at any level. Knowing India’s strength it is one of the biggest wins for us,” Das remarked.
On the other side, India skipper Himanshu was the top scorer for India with 38-ball 46 runs, as he smashed seven boundaries and a solitary six.
Dipendra’s all-round performance has made a big difference as he went on to pick four wickets in 10 overs after conceding 39 runs.
“Dipendra is not our main spinner, but he has been pitching good areas in recently. He actually has been our stop-gap bowler but he was our best bowler today,” Das said on Nepal captain.
Das concluding by saying the all-round performance was the difference among two teams with Nepal bowlers went on to contain the India batsmen after a decent start.
“We can take a lot of pride in fielding and also in our bowling. Today was another example of executing that. India got off to a good start, but we managed to pull them back,” Das concluded.
Moreover, Das admitted the fact by saying India has been a strong force to reckon while adding Nepal as a unit has managed to give their best on a turning track.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor