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India U19 - World Cup Winners

Two words - Rahul Dravid. Wonderful showing by our young lads who have just won the U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. The side remained unbeaten throughout the tournament (also thrasing Pakistan in the process) and this victory means India have won the tournament for a record fourth time. Prithvi Shaw emulates the likes of Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli who have previously also captained the side to victories.

Manjot Kalra hit an unbeaten century against Australia in the final with a brilliant knock. One to look out for in the future for sure. Prithvi Shaw needs no real introduction - he has also batted wonderfully throughout the tournament and has a pretty flawless technique even at the age of 18. Shubhman Gill, another to keep an eye on - the boy from Punjab has smashed every bowler around the park and finishes with 372 runs from 6 innings including a best of 102* against Pakistan.

However, the surprising aspect of this tournament for India is the emergence of two terrific fast bowling talents. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. Nagarkoti’s fastest delivery in this tournament was clocked at 149km/h which is ridiculous for a teenager. Mavi’s at 146km/h which is just as remarkable. At times the Aussie batsmen were clearly in shock at the pace the ball was being zipped through at. Something Indians have not known to do well the past.

The scrutiny will continue for these youngsters as they have all landed big IPL contracts and will be expected to perform immediately which at such an age can either make you or destroy you as a young cricketer.

However Rahul Dravid’s role in moulding this side is immense. A gem of a player, he is now proving his priceless abilities through coaching. Is there really anything this bloke cannot do? A class act on and off the field. However lets see how many of these youngsters actually make a succesful international career for themselves because the step up is absolutely huge. However with someone like Dravid at the helm, Indian Cricket looks to be in safe hands.

posted on 3/2/18

Congrats India 🇮🇳 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

Our future looks great!

posted on 3/2/18

Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble are much better coaches than useless Shastri.. Unfortunately we have him as coach and lost the golden chance to win series in SA! Hope we don’t repeat same mistakes and win series in England and Australia!

comment by Verse (U20361)

posted on 3/2/18

Congratulations India from Pakistan cricket fan.Well done Rahul Dravid-one of the greatest and calmest cricketer of all time.5 star article.

posted on 3/2/18

Great win by the team. Don’t think there is anyone out there that can doubt the credentials of Dravid. He is a legend. He and Zaheer Khan were selected as support staff for our senior team too with Ravi shashtri but he and Kohli didn’t want any interference.

posted on 4/2/18

I don’t understand why India don’t use the likes of tendulkar, gavaskar and Dravid more often for the senior team. These 3 batsmen combined have succeeded in far more difficult pitches and have faced a variety of quality pace attacks on varied pitches. I can only see them adding value and help improve some of these guys technique to be more tight.

I guess the only issue that comes with Indian cricket is their egos

posted on 4/2/18

comment by ZahraIhsanphile (U20361)
posted 2 hours, 45 minutes ago
Congratulations India from Pakistan cricket fan.Well done Rahul Dravid-one of the greatest and calmest cricketer of all time.5 star article.
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Thanks so much bro. Folks like you can bring lot of peace and respect between us neighbors!

Of-course Kav is one of the cool member here in JA606 and definitely a good article by him. 👍

posted on 4/2/18

Viru,

Good analysis, if egos are discarded then we can become one of the best teams in future as we have the talent especially in bowling department after long time. Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly were not that lucky to have much strong bowling support; especially pace in their times!

comment by Kav H (U19426)

posted on 4/2/18

The thing is lads Tendulkar, Gavaskar or Ganguly have never struck me as quite the coaching types. It’s like most countries pundits really. They would rather have a comfortable job in the studio with probably far better pay than being a coach - each to their own. Dravid on the other hand was never the type to sit in a studio.

posted on 5/2/18

Would give the seniors a run for their money...

comment by Kav H (U19426)

posted on 10/2/18

No 100 today for Kohli. Instead Dhawan notches one up instead. India currently 200/2 in 34.2 overs after play interrupted due to the stormy weather at Jo’burg.

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