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Dravid voices concern over disparity in prize money

Dravid voices concern over disparity in prize money

While World Cup glory may have eluded him during his playing career, there is no doubting the fact that he is one of the greatest cricketers to ever grace the game.

India Under-19 captain Prithvi Shaw and head coach Rahul Dravid spoke with the media on Monday after returning from their victorious ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign in New Zealand. So, I just congratulated him. There wasn't any time to put a process in place. "Only those three days I was a bit anxious", recalled Dravid, on the boys' curiosity-level about the IPL auctions.

The win in New Zealand was India's 4th triumph in the U-19 World Cup and the entire squad is buzzing with excitement. Occasionally, you might have started so early that even without artificially suppressing your age, you might be entitled to another World Cup, like Washington Sundar, for example. "I think it's a good learning [experience] and a challenge".

Humbled with the praises he has been getting from all quarters, the former batting stalwart said, "I know the impact a coach can have on the team, but the real credit goes to the players".

Dravid is a man of few words. "I wish each one of them the very best". They seemed to set a total more than 250 but only to collapse to 216. The latter two were work in progress for a long time and Kohli himself admits to the transformation in his cricket after he embraced them. "We were under pressure in a few games, but there were people who stood up and delivered", he added.

We had some loose curfews and sometimes they'd break it but its okay, they're teenagers. If they wanted extra batting, we gave that. "This is also a learning for them as to figuring out what gets them going on match day", opined the 45-year-old.

At the Under-19 level, while talent has already become obvious, players haven't yet fully developed the mental side of the game. Once that was done, they came back to practice and switched on. It can be a bit of a shock that you suddenly move from being a big fish in a small pond into the ocean, and suddenly they realise it is a completely different environment from the one they are used to.

We talk to them a lot about it, we constantly mention to them the habits they will need to inculcate when they go on from here. Head Coach Rahul Dravid played his cricket with sincerity and it was pleasing to see the boys uphold the value. "I am not sure if it's the best (option) for the boys or Indian cricket if some of them (still) play in the next U-19 World Cup", he pointed out.

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