This won’t just be “one memory” that would define talented cricketers: Dravid

Vastavam web: India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid is confident that World Cup triumph won’t just be “one memory” that would define this talented bunch of cricketers as a bigger and more challenging journey awaits them.”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 more bigger and better memories as they go on ahead in their careers,” coach Dravid said after India’s fourth ICC U-19 World Cup title.He was always aware that the since this was an U-19 team, the spotlight will always be on him but as usual he was magnanimous in praising the entire support staff comprising of fielding coach Abhay Sharma, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey to name a few.

“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, there have been seven or eight of us, who have been together for the last 14 months. The effort they put in was incredible,” he said.”I am proud to be a part of their (support staff) team and see it as that. We try and do what’s best for the kids and hopefully they can put in the performances on the field and they have certainly done that in this tournament.””Full credit to our coaching staff. When you have two guys (Dravid and Paras Mhambrey), who have played international cricket, it gives you great insights,” Shaw said about their coach.

He was all praise for centurion Manjot Kalra.”It was a crucial hundred from Manjot. (Shubman) Gill was batting so well before he got out. Both our pacers — Kamlesh (Nagarkoti) and Shivam Mavi, have been executing things so well through the tournament. It’s been wonderful playing matches here.” Despite losing the final, Australian skipper Jason Sangha said he was proud of his team for the way they performed throughout the tournament. “Full credit to India. They played very well. Best of luck for the guys for the IPL. Good for their supporters who came out today.”

Shubman Gill, who was adjudged the Man of the Tournament for his 372 runs, said: “I am really proud of my team. We were fortunate enough to have Rahul sir as our coach. He was just telling me to express my game and keep it on the ground.He said: “Great feeling. Enjoyed a lot. Conditions were very good. It was a flat wicket to bat on. In the team, it’s been a great environment.”

Left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma, who took six wickets in the series, said: “Obviously, we have dreamt of this from last year. We had few plans and we stuck to it. It’s always grateful to be part of this team. I can’t explain the feeling.”It’s just amazing. I was thinking I wouldn’t bat and I proved myself right. Just wanted Manjot to get to his century.I thought it’d be a tough match. It was tough, but we made it look easy. It (pitch) was good for batsmen as well as the bowlers,” he said.India seamer Ishan Porel praised the bowlers for putting up a great effort in the tournament.