Prithvi Shaw, U19 skipper, India, Youth ODI World Cup, New Zealand
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Last Update on: April 23rd, 2019 at 11:18 pm

Recently updated on April 23rd, 2019 at 11:18 pm

The day, February 3, 2018, would be forever etched in the memory of many Indians, as the young colts managed to clinch the country’s fourth ICC U19 World Cup title at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

Indian captain Prithvi Shaw, only 18 years of age, could not hide his elation after getting his hands on the coveted trophy.

Shaw now joins the league of Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, and Unmukt Chand who successfully led their young sides to their respective Indian victory. Indians have been ruthless in their approach throughout the tournament, as they defeated every team they faced by massive margins.

Prithvi Shaw Addresses Fans Back Home after Clinching the ICC U-19 World Cup

The Indians first faced the Australians before facing Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea during the league stages. Incredibly, India won all their matches clinically to ascertained their dominance in the tournament.

For all the viewers of the tournament, the U-19 team looked a country mile above the rest in all departments of the game.

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The Rahul Dravid mentored team faced Bangladesh in the quarterfinals which they won by a handsome margin of 131 runs before facing their arch-rivals, Pakistan in the semis of the tournament. The hapless Pakistan side suffered a huge 203 run defeat at the hands of young Indian colts.

Prithvi Shaw Addresses Fans Back Home after Clinching the ICC U-19 World Cup
India won the ICC 2018 U-19 World Cup beating Australia by eight wickets. (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

For the Indian team, it was the pace triplet of Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel and Shivam Mavi which was the talking point in the tournament. The trio wrecked havoc into the opposition batting line up through their raw pace.

Shivam Singh, Anukul Roy and Rishi Parag chipped in with vital contributions throughout the tournament with the help of their spin bowling.

With the bat in hand, it was the top order which made life difficult for the bowling lineups of the opposition. Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Manjot Kalra filled in their boots with their batting contributions. Coupled with their electric fielding, the Indian team looked a class above the rest of the world and were the deserved winners of the tournament.

Prithvi Shaw Addresses Fans Back Home after Clinching the ICC U-19 World Cup
India’s Manjot Kalra celebrates reaching his half-century during the U19 cricket World Cup final match between India and Australia at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on February 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

“Thank You for your support, and we are really looking forward to coming back to India and hand this trophy to you guys. Love you guys and thanks,” said Shaw while posing with the trophy.

Here’s the snippet:

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