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.

Updated Date: Jan 30, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4397 116
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 England 4722 105
5 New Zealand 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 3668 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6607 127
2 India 6492 122
3 New Zealand 4602 112
4 South Africa 4635 110
5 Pakistan 4145 101
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2213 111