Boys in Blue lifted the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup for the record fourth time after defeating Australia in the final by 8 wickets at the Bay Oval in Tauranga. With this victory, India becomes the most successful side in the tournament history. Chasing a paltry total of 217, India were powered by opener Manjot Kalra’s unbeaten 101.
India’s chase got off to a decent start with openers Prithvi Shaw and Kalra playing some confident shots early on. However, heavens opened and the play was stopped. Fortunately, the rain eased out soon and no overs were lost. India once again began their chase in a positive way with openers going past the fifty-run stand. It was left-handed batsman Kalra who played some breathtaking shots at will that kept India going.
Meanwhile, many on social media applauded India’s historic victory. Sachin Tendulkar, Aakash Chopra, Anil Kumble, President Ram Nath Kovind extended their wishes to the Prithvi Shaw-led U-19 team.
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Congrats to India’s talented young cricket team for winning the Under-19 World Cup. Calmness and composure of our boys embellishes their skills. Proud of captain @Shaw_Prithvi and his mates, as well as of coach Rahul Dravid and the hard-working support staff #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 3, 2018
WITH GREAT TEAM WORK, BIG DREAMS WORK. Congratulations to our WORLD CHAMPIONS!! We are proud of you. A big congratulations to Rahul and Paras for their guidance. #ICCU19CWC #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/w0heorY8g6
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 3, 2018
— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 3, 2018
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) February 3, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 3, 2018
— The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) February 3, 2018
Fantastic comeback by India. Bowlers have really pulled things back after it looked like Australia will get 260+. Last 4 wickets falling for just 4 runs. Now upto the batsman to play without nerves and make 3rd Feb into a historic day for all of us . #INDvAUS
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 3, 2018
Every Indian is delighted, all credit to Rahul Dravid for committing himself to these young kids ,and a legend like him deserves to lay his hands on the WC. Only Fitting. #INDvAUS
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 3, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 3, 2018
Absolutely thrilled by the stupendous achievement of our young cricketers. Congratulations to them on winning the Under-19 World Cup. This triumph makes every Indian extremely proud.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 3, 2018
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 3, 2018
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) February 3, 2018
What a moment for these boys. Feel so so happy for them and am reminded of our triumph 18 years ago. Great effort by Rahul Dravid and these guys have a great future. #under19worldcup pic.twitter.com/Cu2Mrm2FJ4
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 3, 2018
Pure dominance by India under 19 boys.Congrats to the boys n the support staff who worked towards the victory #ICCU19WorldCup
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 3, 2018
Well done Prithvi Shaw & Co. you guys are the champions. Legend Rahul Dravid, the coach deserves a lot of credit for the way this team has played. #U19WorldCup
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) February 3, 2018
Great work by the U-19 team to remain undefeated in the World Cup. Truly deserving winners. Your work has just begun, enjoy this moment!
A special shoutout to #RahulDravid who has continuously worked hard behind the scenes to help this team achieve its true potential. #ICCU19CWC
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 3, 2018
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) February 3, 2018
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 3, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 3, 2018
Bravo #Boysinblue! You did it! Big congratulations to you on winning U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018. Brilliant job done by the whole team under the guidance of #RahulDravid. India is super proud of you! #Under19CWC pic.twitter.com/SPjd6AYyiL
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) February 3, 2018
Delighted that @ICC U-19 team has won the world cup! Well done boys, wen you play as a team, we win as a nation 🇮🇳 ! Coach Rahul Dravid has built a very good team,congrats on ths accomplishment! #ICCU19CWC #U19CWCFinal # pic.twitter.com/tbxW7bmhH5
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 3, 2018
Congratulations India U-19 team for winning the World Cup for the 4th time… FANTASTIC…
So elated that both the senior team and U-19 team have the best fast bowling attacks.. #U19CWC
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) February 3, 2018
Indian U-19 team wins the World Cup decisively and authoritatively! What a team, what amazing Champions 👏👏👏👏👏 Congratulations 🏆🏆🏆🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 https://t.co/m7ANuAGEgI
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) February 3, 2018
The Rahul Dravid coached side eventually completed the target in 38.5 overs with the partnership between Kalra and Desai (41 not out) worth unbeaten 89. Interestingly, following the win, India stayed unbeaten in the tournament. The Shaw-led side played six matches and apparently emerged victorious in all their fixtures.
To note, India won the toss and bowled Australia for just 216 runs. Jonathan Merlo made a solid 76.