In a convincing display of all-round cricket, the India under 19 world cup team beat Australia by 8 wickets to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup a record fourth time. Opener Manjot Karla was the star of the match as he struck a brilliant century to guide India under 19 world cup team, to an 8 wicket victory.`
The nation is rejoicing and congratulatory messages poured in from all quarters as the Rahul Dravid coached team overpowered the Aussies in the final.
India under 19 world cup team – 6 Finals 4 Wins
India under 19 world cup cricket team lifted their record fourth World Cup trophy as they triumphed over Australia with an eight-wicket victory in the finals being played at the Bay Oval ground in Mount Maunganui.
Indian opening batsman Manjot Kalra grabbed the eyeballs with his unbeaten 101-run knock as the Boys in Blue chased down the target of 217 in just 38.5 overs.
India under 19 world cup win – As it happened
It was an all-around performance from the Prithvi Shaw-led side. Bowling first, the Indian spinners sent shivers through the Australian batsmen’s spines with their magical spell, followed by a magnificent show with the bat.
Opening batsmen Shaw and Kalra gave India a strong start before rain interrupted the play in the fourth over.
Australia got their first breakthrough when Shaw was dismissed by Will Sutherland on 29.
Coming to bat at number three spot, swashbuckling batsman Shubman Gill, who had scored a ton in the semifinal against Pakistan, was cleaned up by Param Uppal on 31. However, Kalra remained rooted on the crease, along with Harvik Desai, to guide India to the World Cup glory.
For the Aussie colts, all-rounder Jonathan Merlo became the highest scorer with his 76-run innings after the Indian blowers ripped through their top-order.
Indian under 19 world cup win – Bowlers lead the way
Right-arm pacer Ishan Porel drew the first blood when he dismissed Max Bryant on 14. It was Porel again who gave India their second wicket in the form of Jack Edwards. Anukul Roy, the leading wicket-taker for India, dismissed Merlo in the 45th over.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti finished the tournament with nine wickets as he dismissed Australia skipper Jason Sangha on 13 and Zak Evans on one. Spinner Shiva Singh also claimed two wickets in the final showdown.
Manjot Kalra was adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’ while Shubman Gill was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’.
It is to be noted that India under 19 world cup team has remained unbeaten in the U-19 World Cup tournament.
Rewards pour in for India under 19 world cup winning team
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a cash reward of Rs 30 lakh to each player of India under 19 world cup Cricket team, who made the country proud by lifting their record fourth ICC U-19 World Cup title.
The board also declared that India U-19 head coach and former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid will be rewarded with Rs 50 lakh, while the support staff will be given a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh each.
Congratulating the India under 19 world cup team for their tremendous performance, Committee of Administrators (COA) Chief Vinod Rai said, “I congratulate the U-19 boys who have made the country proud. Head Coach Rahul Dravid played his cricket with sincerity and it was pleasing to see the boys uphold the value. They have been fantastic athletes and even better ambassadors. The boys have done so well, and I am sure they will work hard and climb the ladder and represent the senior team in the future.”
Twitter explodes praising the at the India under 19 world cup winning team
As soon as India lifted their record fourth ICC World Under-19 Cup title by beating Australia in the finals in New Zealand, congratulatory messages started pouring in from all corners.
The current and former cricketers took to their Twitter handles to applaud the ‘Boys in Blue.’
Congratulating the young Indian boys by tweeting a video of himself, Bharat Ratna cricketer Sachin Tendulkar hailed the side for their great teamwork.
“With great team work, big dreams work. Congratulations to our world champions!! We are proud of you. A big congratulation to Rahul and Paras for their guidance. #iccu19cwc #IndvAus,” Tendulkar wrote.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and one of the most famous Twiiter celeb, credited India U-19 coach and his former team-mate Rahul Dravid for committing himself to these young kids.
“Every Indian is delighted, all credit to Rahul Dravid for committing himself to these young kids, and a legend like him deserves to lay his hands on the WC. Only Fitting. #INDvAUS,” he said.
Echoing similar view, Indian batsman Suresh Raina hailed the Boys in Blue for remaining unbeaten in the prestigious tournament and coming out as eventual champions.
“Great work by the U-19 team to remain undefeated in the World Cup. Truly deserving winners. Your work has just begun, enjoy this moment! A special shoutout to #RahulDravid who has continuously worked hard behind the scenes to help this team achieve its true potential. #ICCU19CWC,” he added.
“For some, this will be the biggest moment in their lives. But as Rahul Dravid said, they must look upon this as a stepping stone. #ICCU19CWC,” renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted.
Here are some other tweets:
Karun Nair – “One of the strongest U-19 teams we have ever seen. Outplaying every opponent they faced. They came, they saw, they conquered. Special mentions to #RahulDravid Sir for inspiring this solid bunch of youngsters #Champions #U19WorldCupFinal #FutureStars.”
Murali Vijay-“Congratulations Superstars!! It was definitely a result of a lot of hard work put together, no doubt. You guys were incredible from ball one of the tournament. Cherish these moments, celebrate hard, You guys deserved it ???? IndVsAus #U19WorldCupFinal.”
Anil Kumble-“Congratulations to the young lads on winning #U19CWC! Fantastic performances all around. #INDvAUS.”
Dean Jones-“Well done India on winning your 4th U19 World Cup! Superbly coached by Rahul.. bad luck to our boys… good effort!”
From all of us at KreedOn we wish the Future Stars of Indian cricket big congratulations. Well played Boys!!!