"The Wall" has been known to be one of the most humble personalities in world cricket and has been respected by everyone across the globe.
From the moment his team laid hands on the U-19 World Cup trophy, Rahul Dravid has been guarded about the future of the winning stars. The loss might be hard on Pakistan's young squad but the Indian coach visited their dressing room to lift their spirits.
The India Under 19 team under Prithvi Shaw's captaincy won the trophy for the fourth time on Saturday defeating Australia in the final by eight wickets at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand. It was a record-breaking 4th U-19 World Cup title that India had won so far in the history.
"The whole process has been satisfying. I have had disappointments in my career, not just lifting World Cup". "But, I am happy that the boys got a feel of an Indo-Pak contest", he added.
News agency PTI, meanwhile has quoted a senior BCCI official defending the cricket board's move saying that Dravid got a bigger share because he is of a certain stature.
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Dravid, at a press conference held in Mumbai, said: "The real hard work of the boys begins here". Not all of them are here at the World Cup. "I think it's a good learning [experience] and a challenge". Some of them might and some of the boys from this team might not.
That the IPL auction was scheduled in the middle of their campaign meant Dravid had to keep his players away from distractions.
Dravid is a man of few words. They are the ones who made sacrifices.
"In games that we found pressure, there have always been players who stood up and delivered, these are the kind of things that give you a lot of satisfaction". So, more of their guys have gone on to play first-class cricket. The latter two were work in progress for a long time and Kohli himself admits to the transformation in his cricket after he embraced them.
"We never treated the Pakistan game differently". The way they prepared was in large parts driven by them, and not by us as a coaching team. "This is also a learning for them as to figuring out what gets them going on match day", opined the 45-year-old. Planning and developing of U-19 players was in place. Once that was done, they came back to practice and switched on. Even if they have a couple of tough years and fail, they'll be better off playing there. They are slightly better than [other] people of their age, so they are competing against people whom they have a slight edge over. They need to take it forward from there.