India U-19 lifted the 2018 U19 World Cup after beating a strong Australia U-19 side on Saturday. The junior Indian players were successful in impressing legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Both the cricketers praised young India U-19 players after the victory.
Sachin said that the budding cricketers have a controlled aggression and passion. "The whole team is exceptionally talented and have the passion and right aggression."
The former India cricketer followed the U19 World Cup really closely. He knows the victorious Indian team has a good bunch of talented players and India's future in cricket is bright.
"The young Indian team has a pool of talent and are being nurtured to realize their full potential. We can look forward to some exciting times for team India in the years to come."
Advising them for them for a good future, Tendulkar further added, "If they keep working hard, the sky is the limit. They will definitely have to push themselves harder and give their best in the transition."
Sachin also talked about a major contribution of Rahul Dravid in the win."The way the team goes about doing their job with utmost excellence and passion speaks volumes about the hands that guide them. Rahul is doing a great job with these kids and deserves all the credit."
It is obvious that the team will have a good discipline under Dravid. "One thing I noticed about the team is that they are disciplined. Dravid himself always placed impetus on discipline and the team has gained from his experience which has been at the highest level."
Sourav Ganguly was also awestruck with India's dominating performance. "Fantastic. Not only champions, but domination from game one. It's terrific. I didn't follow them much initially but when I saw them (while doing commentary) I was very impressed."
Ishan Porel, who debuted for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy recently, has been exceptional as he overcame a foot injury to bowl India to victory against Pakistan with his splendid four-wicket haul.
"What a fine semi-final and final game he has had. He's a Vision 2020 product. Now we have to bridge the gap. We have to make them ready for the seniors. That's why Vision 2020," the CAB President said about their development programme.
"Obviously, the gap is a bit more, he's got to keep training hard. We have to look after him well, and make sure at CAB that he gets all the facilities. It's same with everyone. My advice would be to stay fit and play well."
"I hope some of them play for India now. Virat Kohli is the biggest example. When we used to play U-19, the World Cup was not there. I remember playing against Pakistan in Bombay (a team that had Aaqib Javed in their ranks). Rahul Dravid has played India U-19s," Ganguly said.