India is chock-a-block full of cricketing talent and the latest victory from the Under-19 Indian cricket team at the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018, making it India’s fourth Cricket World Cup victory is a strong enough testimony.
With a ground breaking opener where the Indian team beat Australia by 100 runs was clear declaration from the blue team that they are not interested in low matches. Again, on the pitch for final match of ICC under 19 World Cup, the Indian team once again came face-to-face with the same team and crushed them with eight wickets to spare and made it to Australia’s paltry total of 216. The boys in blue once again made India proud, not only by winning the Under-19 World Cup 2018, but by doing it such a style that the contenders got decimated. It was like the Indian team won the match without even breaking a drop of sweat.
The Indian U19 team pretty much blossomed to perfection under the tutelage of the legendary cricketer of his time and a better coach than anyone can ask for – Rahul Dravid. The entire team, including Captain Prithvi Shaw, batsman of the series Shubham Gill, wicket-keeper Harvik Desai and Manoj Kalra who played anchoring innings in final. The fast ballers and spinners of the team were not far behind in giving out outstanding performance, consistently. The entire team and its balance was so good that the blue team was able to provide Dravid something that was missing in his CV – a World Cup victory.
The story of the World Cup, however, has been the fast bowlers – Shivam Mavi, Ishan Porel and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, bowlers who fall in the right-arm fast category and collectively were the quickest unit at the tournament. They hurled the batsmen so much that even Ryan Harris, the former Australian pace bowler and head coach of the team admitted that his players were not used to this kind of pace of bowling. Spin, as always, remains a strong suit, with Anukul Roy finishing with 14 wickets – the joint highest at the World Cup. If there is a chink in the armour of this squad, it wasn’t spotted at the World Cup and the triumph will help every member of the Boys in Blue to cherish a memory that will define them as world champions.