Updated: February 3, 2018 6:52:36 pm
India became U-19 World champions by defeating Australia in the final by eight wickets at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. This is India’s fourth U-19 World Cup title after Mohammad Kaif’s team won it in 2000, Virat Kohli’s team won it in 2008 and Unmkut Chand led India won in 2012. Led by skipper Prithvi Shaw the Indian colts put forth a stellar show in the all-important finals. While the bowlers did an outstanding job to restrict Australia to 216, opener Manjot Karla played a scintillating knock to lead India to a famous win.
The pressure of chasing in the finals was always on the cards but Kalra took the attack to the bowlers from the onset and set up the platform for the others to follow. In his unbeaten innings of 101 Kalra slammed eight beautiful boundaries and three huge sixes. India’s win has set Twitter on fire and here are some of the best reactions from the sporting fraternity and people across the globe
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 3 February 2018
WITH GREAT TEAM WORK, BIG DREAMS WORK. Congratulations to our WORLD CHAMPIONS!! We are proud of you. A big congratulations to Rahul and Paras for their guidance. #ICCU19CWC #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/w0heorY8g6
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) 3 February 2018
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) 3 February 2018
Absolutely thrilled by the stupendous achievement of our young cricketers. Congratulations to them on winning the Under-19 World Cup. This triumph makes every Indian extremely proud.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 3 February 2018
Congrats to India’s talented young cricket team for winning the Under-19 World Cup. Calmness and composure of our boys embellishes their skills. Proud of captain @Shaw_Prithvi and his mates, as well as of coach Rahul Dravid and the hard-working support staff #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 3 February 2018
Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi also congratulated the India colts, “It was a matter of immense pride for the Country that the team had lifted the World Cup. The nation’s rich cricketing tradition has yet again upheld the prestige of the Country and it’s a matter of satisfaction that the young boys showed great promise of carrying forward the legacy,” she said.
Meanwhile, after the match, coach Rahul Dravid expressed happiness on the performance of his side and 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. (Smiles and pauses as the Indian team celebrates right behind him to be on camera). I think the effort we have put in over the last 14 months have been sensational. They really deserved this, couldn’t be really happier and proud for this bunch of boys.”
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