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India U-19 Team Press Conference-Highlights: As it Happened

The Indian Under 19 cricket team, which recently won the World Cup in New Zealand, has arrived back home. Captain Prithvi Shaw and his boys touched down in Mumbai on Monday evening and will be addressing the media along with coach Rahul Dravid. Catch all the updates from that press conference on with our live blog on Cricketnext.


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18:37 (IST)

So that's it then, the press conference is over and it will be a moment to cherish for the young boys as well as the support staff

18:35 (IST)

Dravid: I don't carry the pain of not winning a World Cup, my career is over and I have forgotten all that. I am just happy that these boys worked hard to achieve their goals and it is good to see them com out as champions.

It was a bit stressful during the IPL auction weekend, and that was the only time I was a little worried, apart from that I think it was a good time that all of us had

18:32 (IST)

Dravid: I met a Pakistani left-arm paceman who had impressed me during the entire tournament. I think as a coach it gives joy to see good talent anywhere. The Pakistani coaches were also effusive in their praise for our boys and said that the level at which the Indian boys are playing is a benchmark for everyone.

18:27 (IST)

Dravid: We had no different preparation for the semi-final against Pakistan. We did the same things as we did ahead of a match against Bangladesh or Papua New Guinea. The boys knew that it was a big match but I was happy that these boys got to understand the pressure of an Indo-Pak match. I want to congratulate the boys for keeping their cool and performing at their best in the semi-final

18:24 (IST)

Prithvi Shaw: It wasn't easy for me as I used to stay in Virar and I thank my dad for taking me everywhere. Those were difficult days but when you work hard to get something it is very satisfying. I don't have the words to express what I am feeling I just want to thank everyone for keeping their trust in me and the team. It is all about the kind of experience you garner over the years, tend to make a difference in the way you play at the top level.

18:22 (IST)

Dravid: Once the boys are ready it is important that they go on and play senior men's cricket. We had a chance to have players like Washington Sundar play the U-19 World Cup again, but it was conscious decision to not have them play again as we wanted them to compete at a higher level. This is my personal view and the BCCI will take the final decision

18:20 (IST)

Dravid: As kids they have had experiences which should hold them in stead for an entire lifetime. To play in front of big crowd, matches which are televised and play a high pressure final is something huge. The fact that they have got this reception and they are fronting up to the media is a big experience for these boys. But the real test begins now and I have spoken to the boys about that. From the team that won the 2012 World Cup, only one boy has played a few matches for India. So it is important that these boys continue to work hard and eventually go on to play for India and do well

18:16 (IST)

Dravid: I just played one U-19 series and when you compare that to the kind of support these boys have got both on and off the field is huge. These boys are way more fitter and confident and more worldly wise and that shows in the way they perform

18:13 (IST)

Rahul Dravid and Prithvi Shaw face the media for questions - The first question is for Dravid - How satisfied do you feel

Dravid: The real satisfaction is about the whole process that was followed in thge last 15 to 16 months. The planning and preparation of developing players is a good process we have put in place. We need to keep refining and developing this process. I feel proud for these boys as they get to wear a World Cup winner's medal

18:07 (IST)

Krishnamachari Srikkanth on CNN-news18 says that this is the beginning of something huge for these youngsters and the 1983 World Cup winner has hit the nail on its head.

18:06 (IST)

The entire team is now on the dais for a photo opportunity and the media is lapping it all up. This is a momentous occasion for most of these boys. This is the pinnacle of success at this age group level. They will all have sterner tests to face as their career takes shape from here on, but this is a moment to cherish

17:43 (IST)

Nikita from JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai: Preparations are underway, media has gathered in large numbers and everybody is now waiting for the captain and the coach to come in. This is going to be a huge occasion for these young boys, who will be facing great adulation and will be at the centre of all the attention, and why not, they deserve it all

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The Indian team had a dream run in the tournament, winning every match on their way to the title. Right handed batsman Shubman Gill finished as the tournament's second highest run getter with 372 runs from 5 innings. He slammed a century, in the semi-final against Pakistan, and three half-centuries. Captain Prithvi Shaw was impressive as well as he scored 261 runs with the help of two half-centuries. India's left arm spinner Anukul Roy finished as the joint top wicket taker with 14 scalps to his name.

17:15 (IST)

News18's Nikita Jain is at the JW Marriot Hotel in Mumbai where the press conference is expected to begin at 6 pm. She will be sending us all the details of what is happening. The team has already reached the hotel. Captain Prithvi Shaw and coach Rahul Dravid are expected to address the media

17:12 (IST)

Hello and a warm welcome to all viewers on Cricketnext. This live blog will provide you all the updates from the India U-19 team's press conference in Mumbai. The team, led by Prithvi Shaw, won the World Cup on Saturday after completely outplaying Australia in the final. The victorious team along with coach Rahul Dravid returned home on Monday and will be addressing the media.

India U-19 Team Press Conference-Highlights: As it Happened

The Indian Under 19 cricket team, which recently won the World Cup in New Zealand, has arrived back home. Captain Prithvi Shaw and his boys touched down in Mumbai on Monday evening and will be addressing the media along with coach Rahul Dravid. Catch all the updates from that press conference on with our live blog on Cricketnext.

India beat Australia in the final to become the first team to lift the Under 19 World Cup for a record fourth time. The boys in blue had earlier beaten arch rivals Pakistan in the semi-final. Here is a look at the boys who brought back the Cup.

Prithvi Shaw (Captain)

Prithvi Shaw

One of Indian cricket’s youngest and most talked about stars has been the U19 captain Prithvi Shaw who has led his team in fantastic fashion at the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand. Shaw, who has been performing well at the first class level as well has added yet another feather to his hat.

The India U19 captain was in great form throughout the course of the tournament, where piled on the runs at the top of the order giving all opposition bowlers a hard time. As Indian captain at the U19 World Cup, Shaw now has the most number of runs in the tournament in comparison to all previous Indian captains. Once Shaw crossed the 14 run mark in the final while batting against Australia, he crossed Unmukt Chand’s tally of 246 runs in the World Cup.

Recently, Shaw was rewarded for his great form in the domestic circuit as well as in the world cup as he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.2 Cr in the Indian Premier League.

Manjot Kalra

Manjot Kalra_Twitter

The most talked about name after India lifted the title was that of batsman Manjot Kalra, who slammed a blazing ton in the final of the tournament and saw his team over the line against the mighty Aussies. By doing so, Kalra became only the fifth cricketer ever to have scored a century in the final of the U19 World Cup. Previously, it was Unmukt Chand who had the distinction, but now both he and Kalra can boast of the same record for India. Kalra made a name for himself in the Cooch Behar Trophy in 2016-17 season, where he slammed a whopping 742 runs, which included one century and six half-centuries to take Delhi into the final of the competition.

Shubman Gill

India U19 Shubman Gill

Another breakout star to come out of the World Cup for India is Shubman Gill who simply took the tournament by storm. Before the final, Shubman scored 341 runs in four innings where he crossed the 50-run mark in all the four innings. Gill went onto convert one of those fifties into a hundred against Pakistan to help team storm into the fina. While Gill could only muster 31 runs in the final, his efforts to get the team into the championship match cannot be discounted for. Moreover, Gill has been plucked by Kolkata Knight Riders for a big sum of Rs 1.8 Cr for this edition of the IPL.

Harvik Desai (wk)

India's Harvik Desai

When stalwarts like Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill fell in the final, it was Harvik Desai who stood up and put on a stunning partnership with Manjot Kalra to take the team over the line. Harvik slammed a brilliant 47* which helped India win their fourth Under-19 title. Harvik started to make a name for himself at the under-16 level for Saurashtra. Harvik missed the bus for the ICC U-19 WC 2016, despite being one of the top run-getters in the Challenger Trophy 2016 as Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kisan were up the pecking order to him. However, he got his chance to shine this time around and he accepted it with both hands.

Riyan Parag

Riyan Parag didn’t get much of a chance to showcase his talents at the highest stage as most of the work was done by the top-order. Riyan was selected into the side after excellent performance in the U-19 Challenger Trophy, where he ended up being the highest run-getter. Moreover, he also performed admirably in England in the two youth Tests in 2017.

Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma put on a decent all-round show in India’s fourth title winning campaign at the World Cup. Sharma scalped six wickets throughout the course of the tournament and also slammed a fifty against Bangladesh when he was needed to step up. Sharma first broke onto the scene when he led India to U-19 Asia Cup 2016 title at a tender age of 16. Sharma’s spin came to the fore in the final of the competition where India beat Sri Lanka by 34 runs.

Anukul Roy

Anukul Roy

Anukul Roy was the star of the Indian bowling attack throughout the course of the season as he ended the World Cup by being the top wicket-taker of the competition. The left-arm spinner scalped 14 wickets in 6 matches at an astonishing average of just 9.07. In total, he gave away just 127 runs in the entire tournament at an economy rate of mere 3.8 and his best figures were 14/5, which came against Papua New Guinea. He starred with the ball in the final as well, where he picked up 2/32.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti became the toast of the nation from the first match of the tournament itself, when he bowled consistently at 140+ km/hr. The batsmen were blown away by the pace of the right-arm bowler and he ended the tournament as the joint-second highest wicket-taker. Nagarkoti ended the tournament with 9 wickets in 6 matches and he gave away just 147 runs in the process. Nagarkoti was awarded for his sublime show in the tournament as he was picked by KKR for a whopping Rs 3.2 Cr.

Shivam Mavi

shivam mavi

They say pacers should hunt in pairs and the old adage fits perfectly to the Indian team as they have two supremely talented in their ranks. Shivam provided able support to Nagarkoti and the duo wrecked havoc in the World Cup as he also ended up with nine wickets in six matches and he gave away mere 170. Shivam scalped one wicket in the final and his best figures came against Australia in the first match where he ended with figures of 3/45. Shivam will be seen in KKR colors as well in the IPL after he was picked by the two-time champions for Rs 3 Cr.

Shiva Singh

Left-arm spinner Shiva Singh saved his best for the last as he ended the final against Australia with figures of 2/36 which helped India restrict the three-time champions to just 216. In total, Shiva scalped fourth wickets in the tournament and provided able support to the other bowlers. Shiva’s economy of 3.23 in six matches was one of the best in the World Cup.

Ishan Porel

Ishan Porel (Getty Images)

Ishant Porel had a very up and down tournament as he got injured in the first match itself and was on the verge of going back home. However, the team management stuck with him and he repaid the faith with some fine performances. Porel made his comeback in the quarter-final against Bangladesh and returned figures of 5-2-8-0. While, in the semi-final against Pakistan, Porel added wickets to tally, returning 4/17 in six overs as Pakistan were shot out for 69.

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