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Though Pakistan U-19 team suffered a nightmarish defeat against India in the semi-final of U-19 World Cup by 203 runs while chasing 273 runs, the left-arm fast bowler caught the eyes of cricket fraternity. The BCCI carried out their felicitations by awarding U-19 team with cash rewards where Team India coach Rahul Dravid received Rs 50 lakh, players received Rs 30 lakh and supporting staff were given Rs 20lakh respectively.

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"The way they jelled, the quality of cricket they played - all these give you a lot of satisfaction". My cricket career is over, it is a long time back. We are all thankful to him for the world cup win. I am happy that they got to know what an India-Pakistan game is about, at the Under 19 level. "We do the best for the kids", Dravid said after his boys lifted the trophy. We are very realistic about our impact. He cited the instance of how only one player - medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma - went on to don national colours for the senior side, albeit only in two T20Is, whereas six of the members from the runners-up squad - Travis Head, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Turner, Joel Paris, Ashton Agar and Gurinder Sandhu - represented Australia's senior team subsequently. But the real Test will be when they play their first domestic season. It was revealed that the boys had followed the auction via live streams from their team hotel and some of them were extremely nervous when their names went up for bidding. However, they lost to a dominant Australian side. Overall, the 2018 World Cup was a success, helped largely by the fact that India prevailed to the World Cup final and were crowned champions. Hopefully, in time Indian teams in some of these disciplines would begin to make an impact on the global stage. Dravid is the Head Coach of this young Indian team. The legendary batsman is known to have told the BCCI officials that all the support staff has worked as a team during the entire length of the ICC U19 World Cup and there should not be any discrimination while announcing the rewards. However, the Indian colts were defeated in the title clash by a resurgent West Indies unit. But we made a conscious decision not to pick them up for this World Cup as I felt it will be better for them to play under-23 cricket and senior men's cricket.


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