new horizons

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2018 10:36:49

AFTER their unstoppable winning run till the last lap of the World Cup on Saturday, members of the new Under-19 World Champions, India, would be looking at newer horizons. They will find the world changing for them dramatically, taking them to the “men’s world” as rightly said by Unmukt Chand, a former Under-19 World Cup winning captain.

After he entered the senior league he realised what it takes to stay afloat in an intensely competitive world of senior international cricket. He is aware of the ‘perils and privileges’ of the men’s world and therefore has word of caution as well as encouragement. Their legendary coach Rahul Dravid, on the other hand, says, this won’t be just “one memory” as the talented bunch of young cricketers mark their future cricketing journey. There would be more occasions to celebrate for many of them. 

Thus Rahul Dravid sees in these highly talented youngsters the future of Indian cricket. The unassuming Dravid, who has preferred to remain in the background all through the gruelling and disciplined grooming of the young talent for the last 14 months, sees for these boys a bigger and more challenging journey. Thus both Dravid and Chand visualise for these young boys a promising future. And this is not day-dreaming. There are several players who have graduated to the senior level with aplomb and have blazed a glorious trail. One of them, Virat Kohli, who once led the Indian Under-19 team to World Cup glory, is already blazing cricket grounds all over the world, establishing new records with his batting and is carving a niche of his own as an astute and aggressive leader of the team.

Dravid says that he is proud of these boys as throughout the tournament all the boys gave out their best with dedication and commitment. Such example to commitment to the team’s cause was seen from pacer Ishan Porel. He insisted on playing the final despite being injured in the landing foot. He derailed the Australian opening pair in his fiery spell. The team’s performance throughout the World Cup tournament was replete with such exemplary stories of talent and commitment. That shows why this team maintained its record unblemished and remained undefeated throughout the tournament. That is indeed extraordinary. When veterans like Michael Vaughan say that “these Indian batsmen look outstanding”, there can be no bigger endorsement of the boys’ talent.

But then all this will sustain only when they strictly follow the lessons in commitment, dedication, discipline, ethical standards given by their legendary coach, the great Rahul Dravid. Then sky is limit for them. In the 14 months Dravid must have drilled into their minds that success does not come easily.