The magic that created history is what we all witnessed on Saturday that took place in the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui stadium in New Zealand. Any guesses ?? Yes, you are right we are talking about the Heroes of U-19 World Cup who made India grab the U-19 world-cup trophy with their outstanding and smashing performance.
Though It was not at all an easy game to win against such strong Australian team, and this hard-earned victory has given each one of us a victory to be proud of and to celebrate. Indian U19 cricket team, coached by an ace batsman Rahul Dravid, also reached the finals of ICC U-19 World Cup in 2016, where they faced defeat to West Indies.
Need not to mention what Dravid has done for this winning team, his dedication, efforts and perseverance have given us this proud moment. Dravid even rejected a glittering offer to mentor IPL to coach this team. This man made this win possible, what is a team without a great coach, and there is no defeat for a team whose coach is such an ace man. He has truly been an amazing Mentor as well as coach to get the best of each player throughout the expedition.
The team that he mentored, is a team of warriors, a team that has the power and will to defeat any team, and they have proven their worth in this complete tournament and not only made their coach but the whole country proud on them.
This victory is not because of a player or two. India has U-19 WC trophy with itself because of the combined effort of the whole team. Every single player did their best but few came out exceptionally well, and they do deserve a mention.
Boys who played a significant role in this triumph tournament over Australia were undoubtedly six most Amazing players in Dravid’s team. Triptych of remarkable batsmen Prithvi Shaw, the skipper, Manjot Kalra and Shubman Gill and Three young bowlers — Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and Anukul Roy- who amazed entire nation with their terrific skills.
I want to mention a special boy from our state who did exceptionally well in this journey.
Anukul Roy, a 19-year-old boy from Samastipur who is venerated as Ravindra Jadeja stunned everyone with his great performance by taking 14 wickets, at an average of 9.07, an economy of 3.84 and strike rate of 14.1. Nothing can stop you when you are determined and focused on what you want in your life. Despite of being serious ankle injury which forced him to miss the U19 Challenger Trophy and U-19 Asia Cup late last year. Nowadays when many youngsters get disappointed with just little failures, these young heroes are definitely giving some serious life goals.
Four successive 50-plus scores in the tournament, Shubham single-handedly carried India’s batting in the tournament. Rahul Dravid rarely talks upon individuals also could not resist himself by praising him for his dominating presence and reliable stroke play. Shubham gill from Ferozepur district of Punjab with an aggregate of 372 run in ICC U-19 World Cup has also been the centre of attraction during the entire series with his striking stroke play and no wonder he has been grabbed by Kolkata Knight Riders for a bid of Rs 1.8 Crore in IPL Auction.
Manjot Kalra, The Delhi Boy and the opener grab everyone’s eyeball by chasing 217 to score a historic title the fourth time.The left-hander Manjot made together 71 Runs opening stand with the captain Prithi Shaw.Manjot without any second thought has astonished the whole country with his brilliant century in the World Cup Final.
Having entered the tournament as one of the favourites, Shaw and his team produced a ascendant show throughout the tournament where they defeated Australia (by 100 runs), Papua New Guinea (by 10 wickets), Zimbabwe (by 10 wickets), Bangladesh (by 131 runs), Pakistan (by 203 runs) and eventually Australia by 8 wickets in the summit clash to lift the trophy.
Prithvi Shaw, the Skipper of India ICC U-19 World cup, who also led the team behind him scored 261 runs that also was one of the key factors in this victory. Being captain of the team he performed his role with confidence and positive attitude during entire series which made him talk of the Cricket Buzz after the U-19 Tournament.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti has just blown every one mind with his fabulous performance.He was one of the most impressive fast bowlers in the Tournament. His fielding at backward point was splendid, Along with this his three-wicket burst in the tournament opener against Australia hit the high notes. In June last year, After he suffered the shoulder injury during the England Tour, there was a big question in everyone’s mind that whether he will be able to bowl again with that fast pace.But Kamlesh came back with a bang which was seen in his mind-blowing performance as he took 9 wickets in Entire Series. He has proved that No matter what hardship you go through, no matter what limitations come through, if you believe in your capability and if you believe yourself, you can conquer the entire world.
Thanks to Shaw’s men, Dravid finally got his hands on the World Cup trophy, something he truly deserves. The team together has made India proud for the fourth time with their outstanding efforts and hard work. As someone well said that dream and dedication is a powerful combination and these Heroes of our country proved it right and has given millions of youngster to dream big and work for that dream with full enthusiasm and dedication.