Former India skipper and India U19 coach Rahul Dravid finally has received a World Cup winners medal after he missed out on two occasions before this, once as a player in 2003 and then as the coach of the U19 side in U19 side 2016.
But in the middle of all the celebrations, Dravid, known for his practical manner of progressing towards everything said that he hopes the historic fourth U-19 World Cup title is just the beginning for his squad which is led by young Prithvi Shaw. After the victory, Dravid said that he would like to see the players achieve bigger feats and create many more memorable events.
Talking to Simon Doull after the same, Dravid said, “I am really proud of the boys, proud of the effort that they have put in and proud of the support staff as well. I think the effort we have put in over the last 14 months has been sensational. They really deserved this, couldn’t be really happier and proud for this bunch of boys. It’s really nice for them and hopefully it’s a memory they’ll cherish for a long time, and hopefully, it’s not a memory that defines them and they will have a lot bigger and better memories as they go on ahead in their careers.”
Rahul went on to add that he would rather all the attention of this win is directed towards his players instead of him. He said, “Coaching this team I tend to get a lot of attention, but it is really about the quality of support staff that we have had and the effort they have put in has been amazing.”
Also read: Prize money for U-19 players
The BCCI has announced cash prizes for coach Rahul Dravid (₹50 Lakh), players (₹30 Lakh each) and members of support staff (₹20 Lakh each).
COA head Vinod Rai and member Diana Eduljee heaped praise on the title-winning team and they also had only good things to say about the coach and mentor Dravid.