Rahul Dravid Stands With Support Staff, Seeks Equal Reward For All

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"We were confident that it would be a close match but as the match progressed and our batting went down for 59 it made one wonder if there was a magic spell on the team", Nadeem said. The association also announced Rs 20 lakh each as cash awards for other support staff which includes bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, fielding coach Abhay Sharma, physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, trainer Anand Date, masseur Mangesh Gaikwad and video analyst Devraj Raut.

Coach Dravid attributes India's U-19 World Cup glory exclusively to the players' hard work.

I'm really happy that these 15 boys got to wear a World Cup medal and hold the title, they thoroughly deserve it and put in a lot of hardwork.

India U-19 cricket team shaped an extraordinary performance in the final of ICC U-19 World Cup against Australia.

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India thrashed Australia by eight wickets to lift their record fourth U-19 World Cup, at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, on Saturday. Now a World Cup winning captain, Shaw was vividly emotional as he addressed the media on Monday.

A couple of the guys don't like batting too much in the lead-up to the game; they prefer knocking or hitting a few balls. Head Coach Rahul Dravid played his cricket with sincerity and it was pleasing to see the boys uphold the value. "Six years down the line, the debatable point is who won that final", Dravid said.

Prithvi Shaw, who led the Indian team in the tournament, was sitting right beside Dravid.

While Rahul Dravid is one of the greatest players to have take the Cricket field, one important trophy had been missing from his cabinet - the World Cup. "They have been fantastic athletes and even better ambassadors".

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However, their last ODI win over the Proteas here was in 2001-02 during the triangular series (also involving Kenya). The two spinners even in the first ODI had throttled the African team in the crucial middle overs.

"Talent and ability is there, it's about managing themselves, how to deal with pressure and the expectations that will come as U-19 champions". If we get chance to play for India, we will try to play like them. Dravid doesn't like players have a pass at the opponents after winning so he informed his players in advance. "If they go on to have successful first-class careers, then from thereon it becomes a stepping stone for worldwide cricket".

Noticing the nervousness in the dressing room before the start of the game, Dravid raised the spirits by highlighting that how this day will never be repeated in their careers.

Unmukt hailed the BCCI's efforts in promoting the game at the grassroot level for India's strong show at global age group tournaments.

Aditi Surve, a Mumbai U-16 player, was delighted to be at the airport.

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