India Under-19 side led by Prithvi Shaw pulled off an emphatic 8-wicket victory over Australia in the final of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to become the only team in history to lift the coveted title for a record fourth time. The remarkable bowling performance by Boys in Blue saw them limiting Australia to a below par total of 216. In reply, Prithvi Shaw and his men chased down the total with 8 wickets in hand and 67 balls to spare.
As expected the India U-19 boys’ were pretty thrilled after the historic accomplishment. While skipper Prithvi Shaw was out of words to express his feelings, Man of the Tournament Shubman Gill termed the whole campaign in New Zealand as exciting.
Here are Indian players’ excerpts after the match:
“Can't express what I'm feeling right now; really proud of it. All credit to our support staff for really supporting us for the last two years. Rahul [Dravid] sir himself is a legend, The Wall we call him. It was a crucial hundred from Manjot [Kalra]. [Shubman] Gill was batting so well. Both pacers, Kamlesh [Nagarkoti] and [Shivam] Mavi, have been executing things so well through the tournament. It's been wonderful playing matches here,” said the proud skipper Prithvi Shaw.
“I am really proud of my team. We were fortunate enough to have Rahul sir as coach. He was just telling me to express my game and keep it on the ground. Had a good time here. It's been very exciting for me. Hope to do well in IPL also,” quoted Shubman Gill, the hero of semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan.
The centurion and Man of the Match of final, Manjot Kalra described the whole team environment as a great.
“Great feeling. Enjoyed a lot. Conditions were very good. It was a flat wicket to bat on. In the team, it's been a great environment,” Kalra, who scored an unbeaten 101 in the final, said after the match.
The pace spearhead Ishan Porel, who scalped 2 for 30 in the final beside picking up 4 for 17 in the semi-final against Pakistan, described the whole event as amazing. He also expressed his gratitude for the support staff and the enthusiastic crowd.
“It's been an amazing feeling for me. I'm feeling like I'm on top of the world. It's a great feeling, it's a great team work, I would say. All the crowd over here has supported us well. Credit goes to them, credit goes to support staff and credit goes to the team. I would say it was pretty much a complete team effort. There have been lot of messages in my phone from India. It's unfortunate I've not been able to reply to them all. Thank you to all of them. Our bowlers have been fantastic all through the tournament. They've bowled really well. We guys have supported each other and backed each other in every and each moment,” the 19-year-old Ishan Porel said.
The 16-year-old Riyan Parag, who claimed 2 for 6 in the semi-final against Pakistan, expressed his delight for teammate Manjot Kalra’s century in the final.
“It's just amazing. I was thinking I wouldn't bat and I proved myself right. Just wanted Manjot to get to his century. I thought it'd be a tough match. It was tough, but we made it look easy. It (pitch) was good for batsmen as well as the bowlers,” said Parag.