Manjot Kalra smacked an unbeaten 101 to power India to their fourth ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup win. Photograph:( Twitter )
India defeated three times World Champions Australia by 8 wickets to register a memorable World Cup triumph in Mount Maunganui, Bay Oval, on Saturday.
Manjot Kalra played the most crucial knock of his career so far, smacking an unbeaten 101 to power India to their fourth ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup win.
As the ecstatic players celebrated India's fourth World Cup title, Indians took to their Twitter handles to congratulate the team for scripting history.
Wishes poured in from every corner of the country, but the first among the wishes were of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, followed by former run-machine Sehwag and many prominent personalities.
WITH GREAT TEAM WORK, BIG DREAMS WORK. Congratulations to our WORLD CHAMPIONS!! We are proud of you. A big congratulations to Rahul and Paras for their guidance. #ICCU19CWC #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/w0heorY8g6— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 3, 2018
Every Indian is delighted, all credit to Rahul Dravid for committing himself to these young kids ,and a legend like him deserves to lay his hands on the WC. Only Fitting. #INDvAUS— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 3, 2018
One of the strongest U-19 teams we have ever seen. Outplaying every opponent they faced . They came, they saw, they conquered ????????. Special mentions to #RahulDravid Sir for inspiring this solid bunch of youngsters ???? #Champions #U19WorldCupFinal #FutureStars— Karun Nair (@karun126) February 3, 2018
When was the last time a world event ended up being dominated so much by one team? #ICCU19CWC— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 3, 2018
Congratulations Superstars!! It was definitely a result of a lot of hard work put together, no doubt. You guys were incredible from ball one of the tournament. Cherish these moments, celebrate hard, You guys deserved it ???????? IndVsAus #U19WorldCupFinal— Murali Vijay (@mvj888) February 3, 2018
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones also congratulated the Men in Blue on their stellar performance.
Well done India on winning your 4th U19 World Cup! Superbly coached by Rahul.. bad luck to our boys... good effort! #U19WCFinal— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) February 3, 2018
Chasing a modest 217 to win, India cruised past the target with as many as 67 balls to spare. Harvik Desai remained unbeaten on 47, whereas Shubman Gill had a rare failure as he fell for 31.