India's glory run, and the success of Under-19 World Cup


The coach of the World Cup-winning India U-19 team, Rahul Dravid, has questioned the fairness of the support staff and the players getting smaller rewards than him, according to a report in The Indian Express. "Only those three days I was a bit anxious", recalled Dravid, on the boys' curiosity-level about the IPL auctions.

"It was a very nice gesture only confirming Dravid's stature in our eyes", Nadeem Khan had said about Dravid visiting the Pakistan dressing room to boost the morale of the team after the crushing loss.

"The result of the final will tell you that India beat Australia".

"The way they gelled, the quality of cricket they played - all these give you a lot of satisfaction".

In the first media interaction at home after the win, Dravid added, "We had some loose curfews, sometimes they followed it".

One might remember that Dravid was at the centre of a conflict of interest issue at the start of his tenure as the India U-19 and India A coach, as he had an Indian Premier League (IPL) coaching contract with the Delhi Daredevils. He released some of the players to compete with the big boys in the Ranji Trophy instead of sending them to U-19 Asia Cup.

Earlier, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez met Dravid on a flight to New Zealand. The boys knew that many people watch it. The kind of support staff, the kind of professionalism and help that these boys have got is much better than honestly what I got when I played for India, without a doubt.

"It's not going to be easy for them to play domestic cricket or first-class cricket now that they are known players. Compared to previous youth teams the current generation of junior players lacked in many areas", he added. When we were there, they showed a re-run of the 2012 finals and I later started checking upon a few things. On the other hand, under-19 captain Prithvi Shaw expressed his feelings by saying that it's all about gaining good experience.

Dravid signed off by advising the boys to quit age-level cricket and take the next step. "All those experiences make a difference to your career, batting especially".

Rahul Dravid, the man who guide, India Under-19 to chase World Cup for the fourth time, has bidding his anxiety on the disparity in the prize money that was appear for the support staff by the BCCI.

"It depends on the number of players who are performing - that makes it hard to break in at times". "Playing their domestic cricket well will be the stepping stone to making it to global cricket", he said.

"On a personal note, I feel that once the boys are good enough, they should go out and play men's cricket".

"My wish is for them to play at that level even if they have a couple of tough years and they fail, I think they'll be better off for it than coming here and playing at the Under-19 level which they clearly are too good for".