India defeated Australia by 8 wickets to win the Final of the ICC Under 19 World Cup held at Bay Oval, Maunganui in New Zealand. Australia won the toss and opted to bat. They were bowled out for 216 runs in 47.2 overs. India chased down the target with 8 wickets in hand in their 39th over.
Indian bowlers did a fantastic job and Manjot Kalra stepped up to score an unbeaten century to help India continue their dominant run and win the U/19 World Cup. He won Man of the Match tournament while Shubman Gill scored a total of 372 runs to win the Man of the tournament award.
This is India’s 4th U/19 World Cup Title and they outplayed each and every team throughout the tournament. It’s not just the wins but also the margins that they have come that make the World Cup a real special one.
Some of the young guns also had the experience of playing in the first class and it could have been the best that they were led by Prithvi Shaw and the coach Rahul Dravid.
Prithvi Shaw gave a lot of praise to the coach, Rahul Dravid who once again stayed away from the limelight and gave the credit to the players and support staffs.
It was his first victory as coach of Under 19 World Cup team.
More than 100,000 tweets were tweeted as Rahul Dravid / Under 19 World Cup kept trending throughout the day.
The tournament has so far ensured that team India can rely on their back support and most of these players like Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra, Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Shivam Mavi and Himanshu Rana, in particular, could go on to play for team India in the longer run.
Several IPL franchise has already bought some of these players.
It is to soon to speak about these players as stated by their head coach, Rahul Dravid. One thing is for sure that they will only get better with the experience of playing in IPL, the domestic circuit including India A side.