Former Indian cricketer and Punjab Local Government, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu congratulated the India U-19 cricket team for winning the U-19 World Cup for the 4th time. The Indian team beat Australia in the final today.
In a statement here today, the minister said that the credited the hardwork of Coach Rahul Dravid and the players for this grand triumph. The minister further said that now the talent pool for the future has got widened further which bodes exceptionally well for the future of Indian cricket. Divulging more, Sidhu said that the young tigers have amply demonstrated that they can roar on the foreign soil too.
A brilliant century by Manjot Kalra, backed up by able bowling performances by Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Ankul Roy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti sealed the deal for the Indian side in the ICC U-19 World Cup final at the Bay Oval on Saturday.
Even with a short rain-delay during the Indian innings, the Rahul Dravid-coached team did not lose their momentum. P.P. Shaw, Shubman Gill and H.M. Desai, with the steadying force of Kalra on the other end of the wicket, slowly chipped away at the 217 total the Australians had set for them.
Shaw fell early to Sutherland in the 11th over, bowled out. Gill was bowled out by Param Uppal at the 21st over.
Earlier, Australia, who got off to a good start after skipper Jason Sangha won the toss, was all out for 216 in 47.2 overs. The openers were dispatched back to the pavillion fairly quickly by Ishan Porel and save for Jonathan Merlo's solid 76, the Australian side fell like a house of cards. Merlo's was the highest score in the side.
The Indian bowling side functioned brilliantly, with Porel, Shiva Singh, Roy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti taking two wickets apiece. Singh, who was the only bowler to bowl his full 10 overs, was the most economical, with a run rate of 3.6.
Gill was awarded Man of the Tournament, while Kalra was Man of the Match.