CK Khanna, the acting president of Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI), confirmed the board will felicitate the Indian Under-19 team and will soon announce cash award for the colts.
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Khanna commented soon after Prithvi Shaw & Co. thrashed Pakistan by 203 runs to qualify for the final of the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Khanna also praised batting legend and head coach of the team, Rahul Dravid for developing the talented youngsters.
“I would like to congratulate the entire team and coach Rahul Dravid for this performance. Rahul’s contribution in guiding the Gen Next cricketers has been immense. Because of him we now have a talented pool of U-19 cricketers,” Khanna told PTI.
“The BCCI will announce cash awards and also felicitate the team,” he added.
India thoroughly outplayed Pakistan to set up a mouth-watering clash against Australia in the final of the tournament. Batting first, India posted a competitive 272 for nine in the allotted 50 overs with Shubman Gill being the standout performer for his unbeaten 102-run knock.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra gave India a solid start by adding 89 runs for the first wicket before the skipper was run out for 41. Five runs later, Muhammad Musa ended Kalra’s knock for 47 to bring back Pakistan in the game.
Gill and Harvik Desai then steadied the ship with a 54-run stand before Pakistan clawed its way back in the game by dismissing Desai (20), Riyan Parag (2), Abhishek Sharma (5) in quick succession to reduce India to 165 for five from 148 for two.
India’s middle and lower-order batsmen failed to get going, but Gill held firm from one end and scored his first century of the tournament to steer India to a big total.
In reply, Pakistan’s batsmen fell like a pack of cards, as they were bowled out for a paltry 69. Right from the start to the end, they never looked in contention to get even close to India’s total let alone chasing it down.
Ishan Porel was the pick of the bowler taking four for 17 while Shiva Singh and Rayan Parag picked up two wickets apiece.