Ever since India lifted their fourth Under-19 World Cup on Saturday, Dravid has been at the forefront of most news and social media coverage, sometimes even more than the players. Dravid is the Head Coach of this young Indian team.
After winning the toss, Australia elected to bat first at Bay Oval. Many of them have already been rewarded with IPL contracts. The way they had executed the plans gives satisfaction.
Kalra's superb knock came off 102 balls, with eight fours and three sixes. It is interesting; the result of the final is India beat Australia but six years down the line only one of those boys has played for India while five-six of them went on to play for Australia. The BCCI, Coach Rahul Dravid were overwhelmed with the players and their outstanding performance throughout the tournament.
Before the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, Rahul Dravid held a camp in Bangalore where he ensured the wickets were prepared to closely resemble those they would encounter in New Zealand. Rahul Dravid is of the opinion that all the members of the coaching staff must be awarded equally for their vast contribution to the junior India side.
BCCI announces prize money for victorious India U19 team. "I have had disappointments in my career, not just lifting World Cup". "I'm just happy for the Under-19 boys for their achievement", he said.
Absolutely WILD celebrations! CHAMPIONS!
Responding to a question on the under-19 teams of his time and now, Dravid said: "You can't compare generations".
The BCCI had announced cash awards of Rs 50 lakh for coach Rahul Dravid and Rs 30 lakh for each players of the winning team. However, the former Indian captain wasn't happy with the fact and while addressing a press conference, expressed his views and requested that all the support staff members be rewarded equally.
Having been appointed as head coach of the Indian junior team, Dravid came close to tasting tournament glory when Ishan Kishan's team reached the final of the 2016 U-19 World Cup. I don't want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We have a good process in place and got to keep refining and improving it.
Dravid though felt the team was not at its best in the summit clash.
"We did not play our number one game in the finals, that we played in the quarterfinal (versus Bangladesh) and semifinal (against Pakistan). But we made a conscious decision not to pick them as I felt it will be better for them to play U-23 cricket and senior men's cricket". "The way our boys handled that game, the quality of cricket that we played, the intensity that we showed was commendable and we did not give them a chance to come back", he said. They are the ones who stand up in such pressure games, they are the ones who stood up & showed maturity.