National Cricket Academy chief and former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman hailed the resilience of the victorious Under-19 side as several players, including skipper Yash Dhull, tested positive for COVID during the tournament .
“In the middle of this tournament, we all know what happened to the boys. Testing positive but showing that kind of resilience and positive attitude was just exemplary,” Laxman said after India’s Under-19 World Cup triumph.
Congratulating the selection committee and the coaching staff, Laxman said: “It was a new selection committee and it was quite difficult for them to identify this group. The way the coaching staff — with Hrishikesh [Kantikar] as head coach, Sairaj Bahutule and Munish Bali – brought this group together, they worked hard. They won the Asian Cup and the preparation for this World Cup was fantastic.
“For the past two years, due to COVID, they haven’t played any tournaments and that’s why I think this tournament victory is very special,” added the former Indian great.
just the beginning
While congratulating the team, Laxman also insisted, “This is just the beginning of the journey. Everyone in this group understands that because it’s about their development as players, as people. It’s great to see how they’ve developed, how they’ve evolved over the last two months and so it’s a very exciting time for both of them. But this is only the beginning of the journey as a cricketer.