The onus to groom the youngsters for the rigours of higher-level cricket, according to Dravid, will rest as much on the players themselves as on the management going forward.
India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid on Monday (February 5) said he was impressed with the "level of maturity" his boys displayed despite quite a few distractions during their successful World Cup campaign in New Zealand. Insisting that he does not dwell much on the past, the legendary batsman also attributed India's triumphant campaign in the tournament exclusively to the efforts of the players. But, it is reported that Dravid is unhappy with the reward because he wants all support staff members to be rewarded evenly. Hopefully, it's a memory they cherish for a long time.
India's Under-19 bunch might have got themselves the ideal result at the World Cup, but for head coach Rahul Dravid, their pursuit of excellence begins now.
Noticing the nervousness in the dressing room before the start of the game, Dravid raised the spirits by highlighting that how this day will never be repeated in their careers. "We all gathered at Vile Parle (East) by 12.45pm and reached here by 1.30pm, but we are not exhausted at all since we are very excited to be here". I am proud of the players for the effort they have put in over the last 14 months. It can be a bit of a shock that you suddenly move from being a big fish in a small pond into the ocean, and suddenly they realise it is a completely different environment from the one they are used to. "When we were there they showed a rerun of the 2012 final and I started checking upon a few things". However, they lost to a dominant Australian side.
Like all junior World Cups, this one also will surely produce greats of future years. However, the team was upset by Bangladesh before crashing out in the group stage. "So who really was the victor in the end?" asked Dravid. The right-hander played in 22 matches in the tournament and scored 860 runs with two centuries and six fifties.
The India Under 19 team under Prithvi Shaw's captaincy won the trophy for the fourth time on Saturday defeating Australia in the final by eight wickets at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand. The whole planning and preparation that has gone into, not necessarily for this World Cup, but in developing these players.
Reminder: Dravid was the head honcho of the Indian team in the 2016 edition as well.
However, fate today brought him back under limelight as a World Cup winning Coach.
Dravid's down to earth nature can be discerned from the admirable manner in which he has handled all adulation placed on him for guiding a talented Indian team to the U-19 title.
"The Wall" has been known to be one of the most humble personalities in world cricket and has been respected by everyone across the globe.