"The challenges and the hard work start from here," Dravid said at a press conference in Mumbai after the team arrived in India, following their Under-19 World Cup win in New Zealand.
India went with a vision to win the World Cup like all the teams, but they were head and shoulders above the rest. They bowled out opponents in each of the six matches and this was the second instance of a team bowling out opponents in each of the six matches in an Under-19 World Cup. India were the first team to do it back in 2006 when they finished as runners-up.
The Prithvi Shaw-led side outplayed Australia in the summit clash of the tournament, defeating them by eight wickets. Manjot Kalra won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant century in the final, while Shubman Gill was the Man of the Series for his consistency with the bat during the tournament. There was a lot of positives for India in the World Cup. The real journey to become a successful international cricketer begins now for the youngsters who were the architects of this famous win.
“The hard work begins for them and for us as well, as to how we manage these boys over the next few years. Even if not a lot of them go on to play for India, it can happen... it's not easy to get into the Indian side. It depends on the number of players who are performing - that makes it difficult to break in at times. If they go on to have successful first-class careers, then from thereon it becomes a stepping stone for international cricket,” Dravid added.
It will be intriguing to see how some of Indian U-19 World Cup winners perform in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) and Ranji Trophy which eventually will give them the confidence going ahead.
Here’s a comprehensive statistical analysis of the U-19 World Cup 2018:
The win over Australia at the Bay Oval on Saturday made India the first team to clinch the U-19 World Cup four times.
New Zealand were one of the two teams to score 400-plus runs in an innings. Their total of 436/4 against Kenya at Christchurch is the second highest in the history of U-19 World Cup.
Alick Athanaze of the West Indies was the only player to score 400-plus runs in the tournament this year, while Gill’s batting average of 124.00 was the highest for a player with a cut-off 300 runs in a single edition of U-19 World Cup.
Hasitha Boyagoda now holds the record of scoring most runs in a youth ODI match.
Gill is now only the second player to score four consecutive fifty-plus scores in U-19 World Cup history after Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
There were four players who scored three ducks in this year's edition of the U-19 World Cup.
Finn Allen of New Zealand hit the maximum sixes in the tournament. He was the only player to hit nine sixes in an innings.
Anukul Roy’s bowling strike rate of 14.1 was the best for any bowler with a cut-off of 10 wickets in a single edition of the U-19 World Cup.
Lloyd Pope’s figures of 8/35 against England at Queenstown on 23 January was the second-best by a player in the history of youth ODIs.
Rohail Nazir of Pakistan claimed most number of dismissals in the tournament.
And Harry Brook of England is the proud owner of the following record:
The stand of 250 runs between Nathan McSweeney and Jason Sangha for the second wicket against Papua New Guinea U-19 at Lincoln on 19 January was the third time that 250 or more runs were scored in a partnership in U-19 World Cup history.