"We do the best for the kids", Dravid had said after the prize money was announced. All the other members of the support staff will get Rs 20 lakh each by the board. "It's somewhat humiliating now and again on the grounds that I have a tendency to get a considerable measure of consideration and concentrate, however it is extremely about the care staff and the nature of individuals that we've had". As Indian colts celebrated their stupendous Under-19 World Cup triumph in New Zealand, the social media, ex-cricketers and commentators were universal in their praise for Dravid who has been mentoring the future stars of Indian cricket since he was appointed as head coach in 2015.
To many it was evident that Dravid's passion and dedication for the sport was one day going to get him to this moment where he proudly hold a World Cup trophy. To become a great, your ambition must be great and if all you want is to play another Under-19 World Cup, you are already the wrong person. But we made a conscious decision not to pick them up for this World Cup as I felt it will be better for them to play under-23 cricket and senior men's cricket.
A lot may not go on to play for India, but they should aim to have successful first-class careers.
"It's human nature, after all", quipped Dravid, seated alongside captain Prithvi Shaw after returning home with the Under-19 World Cup.
The Prithvi Shaw-led India beat Australia by eight wickets in the U-19 World Cup final on Saturday to win the coveted age-group tournament for a record fourth time, and was a personal milestone for Dravid, who had come close to winning the crown with the U-19 team in 2016 too, but saw India falter at the last hurdle at that time. "The entire support staff has put in a lot of effort".
It's a different feeling and I'm proud to represent India. The talent and ability is there and they need to deal with the pressure and expectations hereon. "If they go on to have successful first-class careers, then from there on it becomes a stepping stone for worldwide cricket", he added.
Rahul Dravid is not happy that players would be getting less than what he walks away with. In the U-19 level you have to intervene a little more because they expect that from you. The India great could not blame his wards if they were all following the auctions in Bangalore via live streaming even though it was past midnight in Christchurch. What impressed me was the level of maturity that they have and the confidence that these players have.