The final of the Under-19 World Cup between India Under-19 team and Australia Under-19 team held today. Australia while winning the toss chose to bat first and while batting they scored 216 in 47.2 overs. To win the match, the Indian team needed to score 217 runs.
While batting, India’s Delhi-boy Manjot Kalra scored an unbeaten 101 off 102 balls. Indian team with their performance in just 38.5 overs chased the given target.
Hearty congratulations for the Indian under 19 Cricket team for winning ICC Under 19 World Cup beating Australia in New Zealand today. The young players made the country proud. @BCCI #U19WorldCup #ICCU19WorldCup pic.twitter.com/4E4TAHCL8x
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) February 3, 2018
“I am really proud of the boys, proud of the effort that they have put in and proud of the support staff as well. I think the effort we have put in over the last 14 months have been sensational. They really deserved this, couldn’t be really happier and proud for this bunch of boys. It’s really nice for them and hopefully it’s a memory they’ll cherish for a long time, and hopefully it’s not a memory that defines them and they will have a lot more bigger and better memories as they go on ahead in their careers,” Dravid told Simon Doull after the match.
Dravid further added that “Coaching this team I tend to get a lot of attention, but it is really about the quality of support staff that we have had and the effort they have put in has been amazing,”.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declared a cash reward for Dravid and his team:
BCCI announces prize money for victorious India U19 team.
Mr Rahul Dravid, Head Coach India U19 – INR 50 lakhs
Members of India U19 team – INR 30 lakhs each
Members of the Support Staff, India U19 – INR 20 lakhs each
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2018
With this win, India becomes the first nation to win the ICC U19 World Cup four times. It has already won in the year 2000, 2008 and 2012. Before this win, India defeated Australia in the final in the year 2012