The under 19 Indian cricketers showed the Aussies their way to the pavilion with class. What an innings this has been from Manjot Kalra, he has taken the bull by its horns and delivered in style. All eyes were on the captain Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill, but Kalra has had a good tournament as well and he caps it with a ton in the final. Rahul Dravid has played a stellar role in developing these kids into world beaters.
Dravid, who coached this side to World Cup glory, said, “Really proud of the boys and the effort they put in. Proud of the effort they put in and couldn’t be happier for them. Hopefully it’s a memory they cherish for a long, long time, but hopefully not the lasting memory and they have many more great moments and bigger things in future. I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids.”
The IPL 2018 auction, that saw youngsters like KL Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat, earn fat paycheques, also witnessed the U19 becoming millionaires overnight. Here are some names that will play IPL like the adults-
Manjot Kalra, Left-hand Batsman- Delhi Daredevils had him at base price ₹ 20 Lacs.
Anukul Roy, Right-hand Batsman- He was taken by Mumbai Indians at his base price of ₹ 20 Lacs.
Abhishek Sharma, Bowler- Picked up for ₹ 55 Lacs by Daredevils.
Prithvi Shaw, Batsmen, U19 Captain- The Daredevils spent ₹ 1.2 Crore on Shaw.
Shubman Gill, Right- hand Batsman- He attracted bids from Delhi Daredevils before Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for ₹ 1.8 Crore.
Shivam Mavi, All Rounder- Kolkata Knight Riders got him for ₹ 3 Crore, making him the second-biggest gainer from the Under-19 team.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Bowler- Kolkata Knight Riders got involved in an fierce bidding war for him before eventually forking out an impressive ₹ 3.2 Crore.
Shubman Gill, was adjudged the Man of the Tournament at the World Cup for his 372 runs. Manjot Kalra was awarded the Man of the Match after he blasted an unbeaten 101 off 102 balls to steer India to an eight-wicket win.
Watch out for the under 19 stealing the limelight from our star players in the IPL!