Mumbai’s own Prithvi Shaw wrote his name in history, as he led India to their fourth U-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier today.
In what a completely one-sided display from India, Shaw’s side beat the Aussies by eight wickets to remain unbeaten throughout the tournament. This side broke multiple record en route to their triumph, as these young studs dominated every side that they came across in the tournament.
Shaw became the youngest captain to lift the title, at the age of 18 years and 86 days beating Mitchel Marsh’s record of 18 years and 102 days.
Shaw also led his side to victory in all 11 matches as captain, matching Virat Kohli’s record as the U-19 skipper ten years ago.
This side is littered with future superstars, as the likes of Shaw, Gill and Nagarkoti underlined their credentials as players to watch out for in the future. All three have already bagged big IPL contracts, with Shaw going to Delhi Daredevils and Gill and Nagarkoti all set to play for KKR in the upcoming IPL season.
After the match, Shaw was visibly delighted and paid tribute to his side.
“Can’t express what I’m feeling right now, really proud of it. All credit to our support staff for really supporting us for the last two years. Rahul Sir himself is a legend, the Wall we call him.”
“It was a crucial hundred from Manjot. Gill was batting so well. Both pacers, Kamlesh and Mavi, have been executing things so well through the tournament. It’s been wonderful playing matches here.”
Player of the tournament, Shubman Gill was also delighted with his squad.
“I am really proud of my team. We were fortunate enough to have Rahul as coach. He was just telling me to express my game and keep it on the ground. Had a good time here. It’s been very exciting for me. Hope to do well in IPL also.”
The final belonged to Manjot Kalra, as the left hander scored a superb century, as India romped home by eight wickets.
“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.”