ICC U-19 World Cup: India coach Rahul Dravid says the IPL auction week was stressful

The week around the IPL auction was "stressful" and left India's U-19 coach Rahul Dravid "worried" as some of his players, in the middle of an incredible run in the World Cup, waited with bated breath to land lucrative contracts.

PTI, February 06, 2018

Mumbai: The week around the IPL auction was "stressful" and left India's U-19 coach Rahul Dravid "worried" as some of his players, in the middle of an incredible run in the World Cup, waited with bated breath to land lucrative contracts.

File image of Rahul Dravid. Image Courtesy: GoSports

File image of Rahul Dravid. Image Courtesy: GoSports

However, no distraction could come in their way of winning a record fourth U-19 World Cup title, as they comprehensively beat Australia in the final. "That week during the IPL auction was a bit stressful but credit to the boys, once that was done they came back to practice and switched on. Only those three days I was a bit worried," the legendary Dravid said.

The triumphant team arrived to a rousing reception. In the first media interaction at home after the win, Dravid added, "We had some loose curfews, sometimes they followed it. What impressed me was the level of maturity they showed in the age of social media, most of which I am not even aware of."

Players such as skipper Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shubman Gill and Anukul Roy are some of the players who ended up earning big bucks. In the run-up to the two-day auction, Dravid was expecting his boys to have full focus on their campaign in the World Cup and not get distracted by the hype around the auction.

Updated Date: Feb 06, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114