Ahmedabad: Opener Manjot Kalra led India to a record fourth under-19 cricket World Cup title with an unbeaten century against Australia on Saturday, as the Boys in Blue crossed their target with more than 11 overs to spare.
“I really can’t express what I’m feeling now. All credit to our support staff. They’ve really been supporting us for the last two years. And full credit to the guys as well. Rahul sir is a legend,” said India captain Prithvi Shaw, who was involved in an opening stand of 71 with man of the match Kalra in the final.
“Proud of the effort they put in and couldn’t be happier for them. Hopefully it’s a memory they cherish for a long, long time, but hopefully not the lasting memory and they have many more great moments and bigger things in future. I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids,” said coach Rahul Dravid.
“I’m really proud of my team. We were fortunate enough to have Rahul as coach. He was always telling me to express myself and play along the ground as much as possible. It is as a good experience for all of us. It’s been pretty exciting. I hope I’ll do well in the IPL (Indian Premier League) as well,” said Shubman Gill, who was named player of the series.
Australia were bundled out for 216 at the Bay Oval on Saturday morning, with Jonathan Merlo (76) putting up the only resistance against the Indian attack that saw five bowlers pick up wickets. In response, the Indian colts cantered to victory in the 39th over for the loss of just two wickets.
The Indian team went without a loss in the tournament in New Zealand, having defeated Australia by 100 runs earlier in the tournament.