National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman lauded BCCI’s structure for encouraging the age-group cricket in India’s World Cup-winning campaign on Saturday. India beat England by 4 wickets to clinch the title for the 5th time in the U-19 World Cup. India remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.
Notable that India battled a covid outbreak during the tournament as 6 of their players including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaik Rasheed, still it couldn’t derail their campaign. In the group stage, they beat South Africa, Uganda, and Ireland while in the quarter-final they knocked Bangladesh out who were the defending champions, followed by another comprehensive win in the semifinal against Australia.
Wonderful display of resilience and character! So proud of the boys, it's been great spending time with the Under-19 team and watching them grow. This is just the beginning, I am confident they will go on to bigger things in time to come👍 #U19CWCFinal pic.twitter.com/nt5R8lrHRH
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 6, 2022
“I think the BCCI has to be complemented. The number of matches and tournaments each age group level gets to play, whether U-16, U-19 or U-23… unfortunately due to COVID-19 they didn’t get to play any tournament and that’s why I think this tournament win is very special,” Laxman said after the victory.
Laxman also lauded the selectors who had a tough job on their job as this group of U-19 World Cup didn’t play any game together before the World Cup selection so they identified the talents from the domestic tournaments.
VVX Laxman was with Team India during the tournament
“Firstly huge congratulations to the selection committee. It was a new selection committee and quite challenging for them to identify this group. After that, the coaching staff with Hrishikesh (Kanitkar) as the head coach, Sai Raj, Munish, and all the support staff. The way they got this group together, they worked really hard, won the Asia Cup and the preparation for this World Cup was fantastic.” Laxman added.
He also pointed out that the team showed great resilience when the camp faced a covid outbreak.
“But in the middle of this tournament, we all know what happened to the boys. To test positive (for COVID-19) but show the kind of resilience and positive attitude was exemplary,” he observed.
This is the 5th title for India in U-19 World Cup as previously they won in the edition of 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018.