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Right then! Complete domination from the outset. That has been Team India. They made a statement in the very first game, beating Australia by a huge margin and in every match since, they have stamped their authority. Things only look more than bright for their future. As far as Australia are concerned, won't say that it was a one-off night. The gulf between the two sides is really big and unless India themselves threw it away, it was always going to be difficult for the Aussies to win. But credit to them for making it to the final and putting up some fight. Sometimes you learn a lot from defeats, so this could shape their future in a nice manner.
Victorious Indian skipper, Prithvi Shaw says that he cannot express what he is feeling right now and is really proud of his side. Credits support staff and coach Rahul Dravid who have been working with them for the last 2 years. On Manjot Kalra's innings, he says that knock was special. Praises Shubman Gill for an outstanding tournament and also his pacers - Porel and Mavi. Thanks the crowd for its outstanding support.
Time for the Indians to get its medals.
Australian skipper Jason Sangha manages a smile. Says that he does not know what to say at the moment but is proud of his team as they have grown and grown as cricketers. Credits India for their win and wishes them luck for their future. On the positives for today, he says that his team really tried hard, giving 110 percent with both bat and ball but India were the better side. Praises the crowd for its support and hopes that the Aussies take this as a good learning curve. Is eager to go back home and take some rest. On the emotions in the group, he says that it is difficult to take those but as a captain, his side gave him whatever he asked. Again, praises India for outplaying them.
Now the Aussie team comes up for its medallions.
SHUBMAN GILL is the MAN OF THE TOURNAMENT. 372 runs at an average of 124 - a hundred and 3 fifties. Is all smiles and is very proud of his team. Says that they are very fortunate to have Rahul Dravid as their coach. On the advice, he says that Dravid only asked him to express himself and play his natural game. On the conditions in New Zealand, Gill says that he enjoyed them very much. Hopes that his form continues and he does well in future too.
Not surprisingly, MANJOT KALRA is the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it is a very great feeling and he enjoyed a lot. On the wicket, feels that it was a good one to bat on. Further adds that it is a great feeling to be a part of the victorious team.
Time for the main presentation now. The match officials get their medallions.
Here comes the man behind the success - coach Rahul Dravid. Calm and cool as ever. In fact, he gets irritated with the young blokes celebrating right behind him, into his ear. Is really proud of the boys and even the support team. Says that the effort put in the last 15 days has produced results. On the win tonight, Dravid says that it is a good memory but hopes it is not just one memory but one which defines the Indian lads for the rest of the careers. On the entire backroom staff, he says that they have been together for the last 14 months and the efforts that have been put in are tremendous. Is proud of the way the young kids put on their efforts on the field and it was really heartening to watch.
Riyan Parag gets a mike in front of him now. Copy paste what I wrote for Porel and Abhishek - Excellent feeling, he says. On asked whether he was nervous, Parag says that he was not nervous, but did not think he would get to bat tonight. Wanted Manjot Kalra to get to his century and take the team through. On the final, Riyan expected it to be a tough match and says that it was indeed a tough match but the Indians actually made it look easy. On the pitch, he says it was a good pitch and as a bowler, one would really love to bowl on such tracks.
Simon Doull now gets Ishan Porel to talk something. The Indian speedster is feeling amazed right now. On top of the world, he says. On the win, Ishan puts it to great team work. Credits the support staff as well. On being asked for good luck messages from back home, Porel smiles and says that there were plenty of messages on his phone, back from India. Unfortunately, he could not reply to all but thanks everyone. Credits the bowlers for bowling as a unit and supporting one another.
Abhishek Sharma is having a chat with Robert Key. Says that the Indian team has been dreaming about it from the last year and finally it happened. Adds that the feeling right now is out of this world. Further says that they had plans in place and just executed that. Also says that it is a very great feeling to be a part of the team and cannot explain the same right now. On the celebrations tonight, Abhishek says that it is the best night of their lives.
A great win for India and if we go deep into criticism, it could only be the missed opportunities on the field. Luckily for them, those did not matter. Big moment for Manjot Kalra, as he becomes only the second Indian after Unmukt Chand to score a century in an Under-19 World Cup final. Kudos. Time for some interviews...
The Aussie bowlers could not extract much out of the wicket but one cannot say they bowled well. India did not get much assistance either with the ball but they smartly used their cutters and changed their pace really well, inducing mistakes. Australia were only looking to hit the deck hard and for some swing but never really were they innovative. Only Param Uppal bowled well but it was already gone when he came on to bowl.
To be honest, this was not totally unexpected. India were always the favourites entering the contest and even though 216 gave Australia something to smile, it was never going to be enough if early wickets did not come by. Such was the quality of the Indian batting that they had back-to-back 50-plus stands - 71 for the opening wicket between Kalra and Shaw, then 60 between Kalra and Gill and finally, an unbeaten 89 for the third wicket - Manjot Kalra batting through.
The Indian unit is on the field and running all around to hug the centurion and his partner. Poor Aussie lads. They are patiently waiting for their opposition to finish its celebration. Most of the Men In Yellow are downcast. But now, the moment is of the Men In Blue.
to Harvik Desai
FOUR! INDIA ARE THE 2018 UNDER-19 CHAMPIONS! Their fourth World Cup title. Second in this decade. Full and wide outside off, Desai reaches out and drives it over cover for a boundary!
to Manjot Kalra
The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
Down the leg side, flicked away for one.