ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: India's Shubhman Gill, Abhishek Sharma recount their first meeting with coach Rahul Dravid

Shubhman Gill and Abhishek Sharma, who are part of the Indian team playing in U-19 World Cup, recount the first time they met each other, as well as their interactions with Rahul Dravid.

Snehal Pradhan, January 30, 2018

The India U-19 cricket team is riding on a high in the ongoing World Cup in New Zealand. Right from the outset of the high-profile event, the Indian team, coached by batting legend Rahul Dravid, has been dishing out one dominant performance after another, the latest being their 203-run hammering of arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final.

Among the players who have stood out in the tournament so far is Shubhman Gill. The dashing opener from Firozpur, Punjab, was one of the two heroes from the semi-final drubbing of Pakistan, smashing an unbeaten 102 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, helping the side post a daunting 272/9 from 50 overs.

Another young cricketer from Punjab, Abhishek Sharma, later relished the winning moment in the match. The Amritsar-born lad collected the last wicket of the Pakistan innings off just his third delivery, with the first two going for dots, as the opposition were bowled out for a paltry score of 69.

In an exclusive chat with Firstpost, the two Punjab cricketers retrace their road to the World Cup, reminisce their U-14 days when they first crossed paths, share a few interesting anecdotes from the tour so far in a freewheeling chat.

Firstpost: Whose idea was it to smash a cake on coach Rahul Dravid's face?

Abhishek: It's part of the team culture to smash a cake on the person's face on his birthday, and not eat any of it. No matter who the person is — support staff or player.

Firstpost: How did Dravid react after that?

Abhishek: I'm pretty sure he knew it was coming.

Firstpost: What was your first interaction with Dravid like?

Shubhman: He was exactly what we had imagined a legend to be — calm, composed, etc.

Abhishek: Had heard that he's extremely positive (in his demeanour), and he's the one who does the motivational talks the most.

Watch the full interview above to find out more about the two potential Indian cricket superstars.

Published Date: January 30, 2018 | Updated Date: January 30, 2018

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114