Rahul Dravid's Gem After India's Comprehensive Win Over Australia In Final

India has been practically untested in the ICC U-19 World Cup up until this point and plays Australia in the last on Saturday. Australia exhausted Afghanistan by six wickets but India went a footfall added adjoin arch-rivals Pakistan to administer a 203 run spanking.

In reply, Manjot Kalra struck his first century of the tournament in the all-important finalto help India create history. It didn't make a difference, Australia was given a sound 100-run whipping by the three-time champions. India has won against Pakistan in Semifinals and in finals facing against Australia.

Speaking after the toss, Australian captain Jason Sangha said: "Every game we re improving and I think we are now close to playing our best cricket".

Shubman Gill, Player of the Tournament credited Dravid's role for India's unbeaten run at the World Cup. "They've played good cricket but if we get a couple of early wickets and put pressure on their players, anything can happen", Sangha pointed out.

Despite this, their illustrious coach Rahul Dravid told nzherald.co.nz, "We believe we could bat better in phases of the game and although we have bowled really well in this tournament, we know we can get a few more things right and play a really good game on Saturday".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the men in blue saying: "Congratulations to the Indian cricket team, captain Prithvi Shaw and coach Rahul Dravid on winning the U-19 Cricket World Cup".

Indian under-19 team will take on Australia under-19 for the final at Mount Maunganui today.

Batting first in the final, Jonathan Merlo made a solid 76 before the India's left-arm spin duo of Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy sprung pulled back the opposition to bowl them out for 216. They have chased without losing a wicket. But one area they have yet to be tested is in their middle order batting thanks to the dynamic form of the top order. To beat a team like Australia on a stage like this is unbelievable.

Harvik Desai (47 not out) provided the support Kalra needed after India were 131 for two in the 22nd over, needing another 86 for victory.

Earlier in the innings, skipper Shaw (29) along with Kalra laid a strong foundation with a 71-run stand.

All hope to join Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Nic Maddinson, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, who were a part of Australia's last under-19s triumph in 2010 in New Zealand.

  • Julie Sanders