That India’s Under-19 team was being coached by the legendary Rahul Dravid was reflected throughout the recently-concluded tournament. The Prithvi Shaw-led side blew away every opponent that came in its way en-route to the final and Australia also faced the same fate in the title-decider on Saturday (February 3).
Barring some brief spell of time, India thoroughly dominated the final to thrash Australia by 8 wickets and become the first team to win the U-19 World Cup four number of times. Asked to bowl first, India started the proceedings brightly by sending back Australia’s top-three cheaply. Ishan Porel accounted for both of Australia’s openers – Max Bryant and Jack Edwards – with just 52 runs on the board before Kamlesh Nagarkoti sent back skipper Jason Sangha to leave the Aussies reeling at 59 for 3. It was followed by Australia’s best spell in the match as Jonathan Merlo and Param Uppal added 75 runs to lay the foundation for a good total.
However, once Shiva Singh ended the 49-run stand between Merlo and Nathan McSweeney by dismissing the latter, it became an one way traffic as the boys in blue took the remaining five wickets for just 33 runs to wrap up the Australian innings for a modest 216.
In reply, India never looked in trouble and chased down the total with utmost ease in the 39th over. Manjot Kalra led the chase with a brilliant unbeaten knock of 101 and was well supported by the other batsmen. It was a fitting end to the tournament for the most dominating team of the competition and the players and backroom staff made sure to enjoy the occasion to the fullest.
What made the occasion even more special was that Dravid also joined the boys in the celebration. The batting legend was known for calm demeanor during his playing days but did not shy away from shouting his throat out while celebrating the monumental win.
Here is a clip showing Dravid being surrounded by the boys as the team celebrates the win:
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) February 3, 2018