Helping U-19 winners make senior transition main priority: Dravid

Didn't play our number one game in final says Dravid as U-19 team comes home

Under-19 Cricket World Cup winning team coach Rahul Dravid and captain Prithvi Shaw during a press meet after their arrival in Mumbai on Monday. PTI

"We do the best for the kids", he had said. All the other members of the support staff will get Rs 20 lakh each by the board.

The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also pointed it out in his congratulatory message, saying how he was impressed to witness the level of discipline that these youngsters had absorbed from Dravid."One thing I noticed about the team is that they are disciplined". "It's somewhat humiliating now and again on the grounds that I have a tendency to get a considerable measure of consideration and concentrate, however it is extremely about the care staff and the nature of individuals that we've had".

India's Under-19 bunch might have got themselves the ideal result at the World Cup, but for head coach Rahul Dravid, their pursuit of excellence begins now.

"The way they jelled, the quality of cricket they played - all these give you a lot of satisfaction". Prithvi Shaw-led Boys in Blue created history by winning a record fourth title, beating Australia by eight wickets in the World Cup finals in New Zealand.

Dravid's tale with the World Cup has been long and gruelling. Many of them have already been rewarded with IPL contracts. The guys who adapt quicker are the ones who end up succeeding in first-class cricket,"stated the former India skipper".

Speaking on their arrival in India after a successful tournament, Dravid was hopeful that the young colts would be successful in the future. In fact, prior to the World Cup, Dravid had requested the Mumbai Cricket Association to include Prithvi Shaw in their Ranji side. They are the ones who have put in the hours.

"We have brought the World Cup back and everybody has worked hard in the previous year I suppose even in practice matches". "The entire support staff has put in a lot of effort".

"The Wall" has been known to be one of the most humble personalities in world cricket and has been respected by everyone across the globe. Even if they have a couple of tough years and fail, they'll be better off playing there. While India exited in the Super Six stage in 1999, they progressed to the final of the 2003 edition under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy. "At least if they become good first class cricketers, from then on it becomes a stepping stone to play for India".

"We never treated the Pakistan game differently".

That the IPL auction was scheduled in the middle of their campaign meant Dravid had to keep his players away from distractions.

"The hard work begins for them begins for us too". He gets Rs 4 crore a year, for a three-year agreement with the India U-19 and A teams. They are the ones who stand up in such pressure games, they are the ones who stood up & showed maturity.

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