On Tuesday, the acting president of Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI) CK Khanna has announced that the Indian cricket board will soon be announcing a cash award for the Under-19 India players for reaching the final of the U-19 cricket World Cup.
Khanna further added that the Indian cricketers will also be felicitated. He also congratulated the Prithvi Shaw-led team for comprehensively beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final in Christchurch, New Zealand. He said, “I would like to congratulate the entire team and coach Rahul Dravid for this performance. Rahul’s contribution in guiding the Gen Next cricketers has been immense. Because of him we now have a talented pool of U-19 cricketers. The BCCI will announce cash awards and also felicitate the team.”
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The Indian team successfully defeated Pakistan by a huge margin of 203 runs to enter their sixth final of the tournament. India will now meet Australia in the final on February 3. Australia had beaten Afghanistan by six wickets in the first semifinal on Monday and booked their finale spot.
Opting to bat first, Team India with the help of Shubman Gill’s 102* of 94 balls to pile on 272/9 in their allocated 50 overs and then bundled out Pakistan for a meager 69 in just 29.3 overs.
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Gill, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction, had smashed a match-winning 86 in the quarterfinals against Bangladesh. He is the team’s leading scorer with 341 runs.
The defeat was Pakistan’s heaviest (in terms of runs) in a U-19 World Cup match.For three-time champions India, seamer Ishan Porel scalped four wickets for 17 runs while spinners Shiva Singh and Riyan Parag took two wickets apiece to rock the Pakistan run chase.