Prithvi Shaw led Team India to victory at the U-19 Cricket World Cup after defeating Australia. Shaw became the toast of the nation and a hero of sorts. At the age of 18, it seems he has transformed from a boy to a man in a span of a month. Carrying the hopes of a billion is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. But, India managed to beat Australia by 8 wickets, which means it was a comprehensive victory for India.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2018
In his first statement after the historic win, an elated Shaw said,
“There a lot of memories created. I can’t express, what I am feeling right now. I am just happy. It feels really good. Winning this World Cup, it means a lot to us, making India proud. We are enjoying ourselves whether we were batting or bowling.”
He also gave us a glimpse of what was going on in his mind after the victory. He said,
“There were not many emotions. It was mazzak and masti (fun and frolic). We were waiting for this tournament. We have played together for 1-2 years. As a captain, I have been backed. Whenever I was under pressure, the team backed me (rallied around me).”
On the support the team received, he added,
“They all came to watch us. They supported us from the first ball. We got so much of love, we did not expect so many fans. And because of them, we were always fired up.”
On the summit clash,
“It was not that big a score. I did not want boys to be casual, it was big thing, it is a World Cup final. We needed to be calm and have partnerships. Those little things helped.”
On coach Rahul Dravid,
“It was a good experience, we learnt a lot in these weather conditions. Rahul sir has visited here a lot and he told us how to play, also Paras sir. It was a team work,”
— ICC (@ICC) February 3, 2018
According to Rahul Dravid, it seems this is just the beginning and even bigger milestones are to be reached.