Mount Maunganui: The India Under-19 cricket team entered their name into the history books on Saturday as they beat Australia by a thumping eight wickets to win the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018.
With that, the Boys in Blue also became the only side to bag the prestigious honour for the fourth time. After Prithvi Shaw and co bundled out the opposition for a modest total of 216, it was to be seen if Rahul Dravid’s boys could hold their nerves in the final. But riding on Manjot Kalra’s unbeaten century, the tournament favourites steered to the finish line with 67 balls to spare.
The Delhi batsman has been compared to Shah Rukh Khan for his looks and revealed that people told him that he resembled the Bollywood star.
“When I used to dress well people tell me that I look like Shah Rukh Khan,” the swashbuckling batsman revealed in an interview by the ICC earlier.
Kalra started off the tournament on a good note, scoring a solid 86 against Australia in the opening match. Following that, the left-hander had a poor dip in form, scraping with just 18 runs in the next three matches.
He was dropped in the quarter-final match against Papua New Guinea but came back with a bang in the semis against Pakistan, striking an impressive 47.
Upon their arrival in Mumbai on Monday, Dravid said that his boys fully deserved the trophy.
"I'm really happy that the 15 boys got to wear the World Cup medal. They deserve it. It's been a lot of sacrifices, the way they played in the World Cup. The way they jelled, the quality of cricket they played - all these give you a lot of satisfaction. We were under pressure in a few games, but there were people who stood up and delivered," the former India captain said.