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What they said : Rahul Dravid and Indian Under-19 players react to World Cup glory

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What they said : Rahul Dravid and Indian Under-19 players react to World Cup glory

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India Under-19 team grabbed their fourth U-19 World Cup title beating Australia by eight wickets and brought the trophy back to their spiritual home. After winning the World Cup title, the Indian players were delighted and let out their happiness in front of the broadcasting camera.

Prithvi Shaw: Can't express what I'm feeling right now, really proud of it. All credit to our support staff for really supporting us for the last two years. Rahul Sir himself is a legend, the Wall we call him. It was a crucial hundred from Manjot. Gill was batting so well. Both pacers, Kamlesh and Mavi, have been executing things so well through the tournament. It's been wonderful playing matches here.

Shubman Gill: I am really proud of my team. We were fortunate enough to have Rahul sir as coach. He was just telling me to express my game and keep it on the ground. Had a good time here. It's been very exciting for me. Hope to do well in IPL also.

Manjot Kalra: Great feeling. Enjoyed a lot. Conditions were very good. It was a flat wicket to bat on. In the team, it's been a great environment.

Abhishek Sharma: We have dreamt about this from last year. And it has happened now... we're really... out of this world now. We [bowlers] had a few plans and we stuck to them. And we did really well. We play FIFA and all, we've taken a celebration from that. I'm obviously very grateful to be part of this team. I can't explain how it feels. Obviously, we'll celebrate this night, it is the best night of ours till now.

Ishan Porel: It's been an amazing feeling for me. I'm feeling like I'm on top of the world. It's a great feeling, it's a great teamwork, I would say. All the crowd over here has supported us well. Credit goes to them, credit goes to support staff and credit goes to the team. I would say it was pretty much a complete team effort. There have been a lot of messages on my phone from India. It's unfortunate I've not been able to reply to them all. Thank you to all of them. Our bowlers have been fantastic all through the tournament. They've bowled really well. We guys have supported each other and backed each other in every and each moment, so

Riyan Parag: It's just amazing. I was thinking I wouldn't bat and I proved myself right. Just wanted Manjot to get to his century. I thought it'd be a tough match. It was tough, but we made it look easy. It (pitch) was good for batsmen as well as the bowlers.

Rahul Dravid: I am really proud of the boys, proud of the effort that they have put in and proud of the support staff as well. I think the efforts we have put in over the last 14 months have been sensational. They really deserved this, couldn't be really happier and proud for this bunch of boys. It's really nice for them and hopefully it's a memory they'll cherish for a long time, and hopefully it's not a memory that defines them and they will have a lot bigger and better memories as they go on ahead in their careers. Coaching this team I tend to get a lot of attention, but it is really about the quality of support staff that we have had, there have been seven, eight of us who have been together for the last 14 months, the effort they put in was incredible. I am proud to be a part of their (support staff) team and I see it as that. We try and do what's best for the kids and hopefully they can put in the performances on the field and they have certainly done that in this tournament. 

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