After the Indian colts secured a record 4th U19 World Cup title by beating Australia in the final of the tournament in New Zealand, the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced huge cash prizes for coach Rahul Dravid, his triumphant U19 boys, and the entire support staff of the India U19 cricket team.
The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) made the announcement on behalf of the BCCI on Saturday (February 3). Legendary India batsman and coach of the successful junior team will be awarded for his efforts with INR 50 lakhs, while the entire team led by Prithvi Shaw are set to pocket INR 30 lakhs each after lifting the trophy. The entire support staff will also be paid INR 20 lakhs each.
As reported by News 18, the chairman of the COA Vinod Rai, said,
“I congratulate the U19 team who have made the country proud. Rahul Dravid played his cricket with sincerity and it was pleasing to see the boys uphold the value. They have been fantastic athletes and even better ambassadors. The boys have done so well, and I am sure they will work hard and climb the ladder and represent the senior team in the future.”
Diana Edulji, a prominent member of the COA, also echoed Rai’s words and said:
“The consistent performance is a testimony to the fact of BCCI’s initiative in nurturing the talent and providing them an environment to the youngsters and perform to their potential. I congratulate Rahul Dravid and his team for returning home with the glittering ICC World Cup.”
CK Khanna, the BCCI’s Acting President also congratulated the team and said:
“The nation is celebrating today thanks to the India U19 team. The boys have been terrific and did not let their guard down. It speaks about the rich quality we have not only at the senior level, but also at the junior level. Despite most of the boys playing in New Zealand for the first time, they adapted brilliantly to the conditions. We have a good mix of fast bowlers, spinners, and batsmen, who are capable of winning the match on their own.”
Opener Manjot Kalra scored a memorable century in the big final and took his team home against the Aussies. Ever since the team lifted the trophy on Saturday, coach Rahul Dravid and the entire U19 World Cup team have been getting congratulatory messages from all over the world, with fans and former cricketers expressing their delight and excitement across all social media platforms.