Rahul Dravid expresses concern regarding U-19 staff cash reward


India thrashed Australia by eight wickets to lift their record fourth U-19 World Cup, at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, on Saturday. BCCI has rewarded Dravid with Rs 50 lakh for his contribution to the game.

The coach said the boys will have to play the first class cricket from now on with an aim to be selected to the national team.

We have tried to do that as far as possible with these boys, especially the day before the game.

The Indian batting legend is widely being considered one of the prime reasons for the success of the India juniors, and the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) had announced on 3 February a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for Dravid, Rs 20 lakh each for the support staff members and Rs 30 lakh for each player, creating a unusual situation, with the actual performers on the field getting far lesser than their mentor.

He added, "I am more happy for these boys".

Dravid seemed particularly aware on the importance of keeping this triumph in perspective, considering to what happened with Unmukt Chand & Co after they clinched the Under-19 World Cup in Australia in 2012.

Team India win U19 WC 2018
Rahul Dravid expresses concern regarding U-19 staff cash reward

"We have brought the World Cup back and everybody has worked hard in the past year I suppose even in practice matches".

"The challenges and the hard work start from here", Dravid said in Mumbai after the team arrived in India, trophy in tow. In 2016, despite a stellar performance in the World Cup, the colts lost to West Indies in the final. Only one boy from that squad, pacer Sandeep Sharma went on to play for India.

"It was interesting because the 2012 final featured India and Australia; the result of the final will tell you that India beat Australia".

"More of these guys have played first-class cricket". Even though the pressure while preparing for the match is high, the team showed a calm, mature exterior during the clash and went on to thump them by a colossal 203 runs. "And the players did exactly as per their coach's instructions", said a reliable source in person to the dressing room proceedings.

Mumbai (boys) U-16 off-spinner Yash Jathar revealed that around 35 U-16 players were at the airport: "We are very proud of them and they have motivated us". The way they had executed the plans gives satisfaction. "Just the fact that they played the finals was an experience", said the former India captain after the victorious team's arrival here from New Zealand. "It was a hard journey for me since I used to live in Virar", he said.

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