Hailing India’s 203-run victory over Pakistan in the semi-final of ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Hagley Oval in New Zealand on Tuesday, former Indian captains and cricket legends termed it to be an incredible performance by Rahul Dravid’s boys and wished them luck for the final.
‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar said it to be a splendid display by the Indian Under-19 team. He tweeted, “Quality play with great dominance in all departments. Splendid display! Good luck for the finals. #INDvsPAK.”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 30, 2018
Another cricket great VVS Laxman was in all praise for the boys and termed it to be an incredible performance. He tweeted that he was mighty impressed with the fielding and not giving Pakistan even an inch.
What an incredible performance by the Under 19 boys. Mighty impressed with the fielding and not giving Pakistan even an inch. As comprehensive as it gets. Best wishes for the finals #INDvPAK
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 30, 2018
The ‘King of Twitter’, Virender Sehwag termed it to be brutal and said India thoroughly outplayed Pakistan.
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— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 30, 2018
Meanwhile, former India cptain Mohammad Azharuddin hailed the U-19 Indian team, saying, “They have done the nation proud. Today’s game..to get a team all out for 69 speaks volumes of the talent they possess. I hope they comeback with the World Cup. We have been winning the U-19 World Cup many times (thrice). We hope to win it for the fourth time as well.”
Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur too congratulated the boys and tweeted, “Coach Rahul Dravid is the ‘Wall’ building this next gen of cricketers. | @ICC U-19 #NewZealand #ICCU19WorldCup #INDvPAK #U19WC | 🇮🇳”
Proud of these young boys! Well played & all the best for the finals! Coach Rahul Dravid is the ‘Wall’ building this next gen of cricketers. | @ICC U-19 #NewZealand #ICCU19WorldCup #INDvPAK #U19WC | 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/9UEsLNedbK
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 30, 2018
Meanwhile, the BCCI, too, was proud of boys and termed it to be a brilliant team effort.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 30, 2018
Earlier, Shubman Gill (102 not) helped India to post 272 runs after opting to bat first. Later, medium-pacer Ishan Porel returned figures of 4/17 to bowl out Pakistan for 69 runs.
India will play Australia in the final at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on February 3.