India U-19 World Cup coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Prithvi Shaw on Tuesday 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.
“the real satisfaction was in the process. Planning and developing of U-19 players was in place. I am really happy because of these fifteen boys winning the World Cup. The way they have played and executed in pressure, these kinds of things give you happiness.”
While Dravid thinks that the team did not put forward their number one game in the final, he added that ‘playing such a high-pressure final in such a big tournament is another experience.’
During the press conference, skipper Prithi Shaw said,
“It is all about the experience. Obviously when you go to a higher level, you get good experience from your senior players. You get many things from them. Things which help you in your game. Scoring runs in Ranji Trophy or U-19 matches helped me a lot, it really mattered”
Following the press briefing, Shaw spoke exclusively to Republic TV and said,
“I was confident considering the way in which we worked hard for the World Cup. We had world-class players who had the experience. As a captain, I was really confident about my team. Everything was fantastic on the field.”
He added, “Manjot and I did a great job. It is never easy to open the innings and set a target. The plan was to play ball by ball. We knew that if we stay for more than 10-15 overs than the total will be more than 250 or 260.”
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.