The India under-19 team cricket team has shown exceptional form in the recently concluded world cup in New Zealand. Led by Prithvi Shaw, the Indian U-19 side won the World Cup for the fourth time by defeating Australia in the finals and had earlier crushed arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals.
The team is being showered with praise from all over, including some of the biggest names in cricket. However, Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, confident of the team’s potential had already said that the team had been playing very well and India will lift the title, while speaking to reporters after the semi-finals.
He was quoted saying, “You can’t make players without structure. They are product of our system. In the next five years, barring Australia and England, Indian cricket will be the best in the world.” He also added, “There are immensely talented boys like Prithwi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Ishan Porel are players who have come up from the BCCI system. Our Board members have invested time to prepare them from the junior, under-19 and senior level.”
Saurabh Ganguly was not alone in crediting the BCCI for providing the proper facilities to the young team. After the historic win, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, while applauding the team for their efforts added, “Credit to BCCI for giving them the infrastructure. In the last 15 years, playing has changed, standard of fielding has changed. It’s all because of better infrastructure and ground maintenance. It reflects on the field.” He also lauded head coach Rahul Dravid and the support staff for their contributions.