"At least if they become good first class cricketers, from then on it becomes a stepping stone to play for India", he said. The kind of support staff and help that they receive is unbelievable.
The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also pointed it out in his congratulatory message, saying how he was impressed to witness the level of discipline that these youngsters had absorbed from Dravid."One thing I noticed about the team is that they are disciplined".
At the end it was yet another convincing and comprehensive victory, as Prithvi Shaw and his boys romped home against Australia in the final of the U-19 World Cup.
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Mumbai (boys) U-16 off-spinner Yash Jathar revealed that around 35 U-16 players were at the airport: "We are very proud of them and they have motivated us". India had faced Australia in the 2012 final also and six years down, only one Indian and five Australians have played for the senior team. The whole planning and preparation that has gone into, not necessarily for this World Cup, but in developing these players.
A lot may not go on to play for India, but they should aim to have successful first-class careers.
Observers feel that Dravid, who had been with the under-19 side for a long time now, has been a grounded coach has able to gel well with the juniors.
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The India Under 19 team under Prithvi Shaw's captaincy won the trophy for the fourth time on Saturday defeating Australia in the final by eight wickets at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand. It depends on the number of players who are performing - that makes it hard to break in at times.
However, it must be noted that neither Dav Whatmore (India U-19 coach in 2008) nor Bharath Arun (2012 coach) got more than the Virat Kohli or Unmukt Chand-led teams. I don't think we played our best game in the final but we got the result we needed. Rahul Dravid, arguably one of India's finest batsman, was one such unlucky player who couldn't lift a World Cup in his illustrious career. How to deal with pressure that will come as U-19 champions. "If they go on to have successful first-class careers, then from thereon it becomes a stepping stone for global cricket".
We didn't treat the game any different.
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Humbled with the praises he has been getting from all quarters, the former batting stalwart said, "I know the impact a coach can have on the team, but the real credit goes to the players. They have been fantastic athletes and even better ambassadors". That is where, by the time they are 23, some players have found the going too hard while some others have grown by leaps and bounds.