After their stupendous success in the U-19 World Cup, where the team remained unbeaten and lifted the trophy in a comprehensive manner, team captain Prithvi Shaw caught up with CNN-News18.
Here is an excerpt from interview.
Congratulations Prithvi, you guys were dominant and emphatic in all your performances. Going into that World Cup did you imagine that you will be that good?
All the credit goes to the team and the support staff because we have been working for more than 15-16 months. The way we played at the World Cup was extremely satisfying. As a captain, I am really happy with all-round performances from everyone. The intensity and attitude they showed on the field is what really impressed me.
What have been your gains from working with Rahul Dravid?
Personally what I gained is to learn how to play under pressure and when there are so many cameras around. Rahul sir has played a lot matches in his career, he has a lot of experience. He has played in New Zealand as well so there was a lot of experience we have gained as well. So these things really affected me and the team as well. It was a great experience for me to captain the World Cup and to win it.
What is that one piece of advice that Rahul Dravid gave you and that stays with you?
He just talks mentally to be honest. He just gives positive vibes. Even when I am going for practice, he never talks negative to anyone. He is positive with everyone. And that is the thing why he is so mentally strong and keeps everyone like that. I think because of those positive vibes we have done this.
Rahul Dravid has this image of a serious guy. How was he in the dressing room with you guys?
No, he is not serious off the field. He always enjoys himself as well with the team. He is a human being. He laughs and really enjoys. I felt happy that he is happy after lifting the World Cup.
Last question, Do you enjoy being the captain?
I really enjoy being a captain. If you see I have captained for years for my school and state as well. All those experience comes out with this captaincy.