In a convincing display of all-round cricket, India beat Australia by 8 wickets to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, on Saturday.
Opener Manjot Karla struck a brilliant century to guide India to their record 4th Under-19 World Cup title after the bowlers had restricted the Aussies to 217 all out inside 48 overs.
And congratulatory messages poured in from all quarters as the Rahul Dravid-coached team overpowered the Aussies in the final.
Leading the people in congratulating the team was India skipper Virat Kohli.
“What a win for the U19 boys, take it as a stepping stone. Long long way to go! Enjoy the moment,” Kohli tweeted.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag and a former teammate of ‘The Wall’, tweeted, “Every Indian is delighted, all credit to Rahul Dravid for committing himself to these young kids ,and a legend like him deserves to lay his hands on the WC. Only Fitting. #INDvAUS.”
Noted commentator Harsha Bhogle, while congratulating the team summed up India’s show at the tournament.
“Well played by India’s young champions. Throughout the tournament, they played at a different level. I don’t think young players in any other cricketing environment get to play as much cricket as they do in India. Not surprised they look so ready. You expect a young Indian side to bat well. And this team batted splendidly. But the big difference lay in the quality of quick bowling,” Bhogle wrote on his Twitter page.
IMAGE: India’s Shubhman Gill was named Man-of-the-series. Photograph: Cricket World Cup/ICC/Twitter
Congratulate Indian Team on winning the Under-19 World Cup
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