Shortly after India created history by clinching their 4th U19 World Cup title, praises and accolades started to pour in for the young Indian brigade who remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman after congratulating the young Indian team credited their recent success to the Wall of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid.
After representing the country internationally with a glorious career spanning almost two decades, Dravid is now giving it back to the game of cricket and offering his services to Indian cricket by coaching the India ‘A’ and U19 team. The Indian U19 team lost the Championship in the finals of the World Cup 2016 by a whisker to West Indies in Bangladesh.
However, this time around, Rahul Dravid tied all the loose ends and brought the cup back home after 5 years. The Indian team were relentlessly ruthless against all their opponents they faced to show the world that they were a country mile ahead of the rest in all departments of the game.
“Credit should go to the coach, Rahul Dravid, and also to the bowling coach Paras Mhambrey. Honestly, it is a great feeling to see the young fast bowlers cross the 140-kmph mark consistently throughout the World Cup. And, even more, wonderful experience to see them field brilliantly too,” claimed Kapil Dev according to his interview with Sportstarlive.com.
Kapil Dev also singled out the role Virat Kohli played in the recent success for aspirations to youngsters in terms of fitness standards.
“Also think senior India captain Kohli is a huge inspiration for these boys for the way he sets exceptional standards in terms of fitness in recent times,” added Dev.
Following the footsteps of the World Cup winning captain of 1983, VVS Laxman also credited the U19 success to their coach and former colleague Rahul Dravid.
“And the credit goes to Dravid as there has been lot of planning since seven months for this World Cup as I found out from the discussions I have been having with him. The bowlers did a fantastic job. Tactically, captain Prithvi Shaw was good. It is great to see fast bowlers give their heart out not just with the ball but on the field too,” Laxman seconded Kapil Dev.