An ecstatic Indian Under-19 cricket team lifted the World Cup trophy on February 3 after thrashing Australia by eight wickets in the final of the series, under the leadership of skipper Prithvi Shaw and guidance of coach Rahul Dravid.
Prithvi, on Sunday, spoke exclusively to Republic TV’s Editor in chief Arnab Goswami, where he said, “We worked hard for it for more than one year. We worked towards it with camps, practice matches and were mentally prepared.”
On speaking about what gave him and his team an edge, Shaw said, "Teamwork gave us the edge. Players were going on field and executing the plans prepared in meetings."
He also spoke about the risk of captainship and how he took every game as a learning experience. “It’s a game. If a captain is believing something, planning something, if it goes wrong, I will take it on myself because I was the captain on the field. Mistakes happen. Every game you have to learn. If it’s captainship, if it’s batting, even if I’m bowling. I like to learn,” Prithvi said.
Shaw first waltzed into the spotlight at the age of 14, when he entered record books in 2013 by scoring 546 runs - the highest score by an Indian batsman since 1901 - during a Harris Shield match at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai. When asked if he considered his 546-run knock as the ‘biggest break’ in his life, Prithvi said: “It was the biggest break in my life. It was not easy scoring those many runs.”
Earlier on February 3, the Boys in Blue 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 eyeballs with his unbeaten 101-run knock as the team chased down the target of 217 in just 38.5 overs.
India U-19 World Cup coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Prithvi Shaw addressed the media in Mumbai after their World Cup triumph in New Zealand. On speaking to the media, coach Rahul Dravid highlighted that he was ‘really happy for the 15 boys as they put in a lot of hard work and thoroughly deserve’ the attention they are receiving.