On Sunday, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid the huge applause to Rahul Dravid, the legendary cricketer who recently coached India Under-19 team to the World Cup triumph. PM Modi hailed the former India skipper while greeting a mega rally at the Palace Grounds in the cricketer’s home-town.
Dravid was coaching the U-19 team in the World for the second time, while in 2016 the team reached the final but couldn’t lift the cup, this time they got lucky as Prithvi Shaw and his men dominatingly won the tournament. Two years ago, the juniors lost to West Indies in the final. However, the former India batsman seemed to have learned his lessons, as the current team looked almost invincible in the tournament.
Prithvi Shaw and co. began the tournament with a thumping 100-run victory over their final opponents Australia. In the following two games, they completely outplayed Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe by ten wickets each. Bangladesh also was blown away by the team, as the Indian U-19 players won the match by 131 runs.
Also read: Shaw credits Dravid for the win
Pakistan too suffered the heat from the Indian U-19 cogs in the semifinal. After scoring 272 for nine in their quota of 50 overs, India dismissed Pakistan for just 69 runs to win the game by 203 runs and storm into the final.
The final against Australia also turned out to be a one-sided game as well, as India won the game by 8 wickets. Asked to bowl first, the boys in blue bowled out the Aussies for just 216 before riding on Manjot Kalra’s century to chase down the total comfortably.
Such was the domination of the Indian cricket team that Dravid is perhaps getting more compliments than the players for coaching the team brilliantly and PM Modi also applauded the batting legend.
Talking about the legendary cricketer, the Indian PM said, “Our U-19 cricket team won the World Cup yesterday. Their head coach Rahul Dravid was a significant factor behind this victory. He teaches us to work honestly and live for others.”