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Rs 40 lakh each for World Cup-winning India Under-19 team member

The team showed grit, determination and courage to bounce back strongly despite the Covid-19 cases in the camp, says BCCI President Sourav Ganguly (Image courtesy: ICC)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced cash rewards for the victorious India Under-19 team which beat England to clinch the World Cup in Antigua, last night.

All members of the team will get Rs 40 lakhs each while the support staff gets Rs 25 lakhs each.

"They were impressive across departments and sealed India’s fifth World Cup. While their on-field performances were fantastic, the team also showed grit, determination and courage to bounce back strongly despite the Covid-19 cases in the camp," said BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.

"I must also appreciate the efforts put in by the Head Coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar along with his members of the coaching group, support staff and VVS Laxman – Head Cricket at the National Cricket Academy – for the way they kept the team in good spirits and guided them to victory," he added.

This remains India's fifth such triumph in Under 19 World Cups, having previously won in 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2018. The team remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, winning six matches on the trot to complete the title-winning run.

"We have the best structure in place for our age-group cricketers and some of the best coaches work closely with the boys. They had very little cricket in the run-up to the World Cup this time and despite that, India remained unbeaten. This is truly remarkable," said Ganguly, one of India's most successful Test skippers.

While Angkrish Raghuvanshi ended the tournament as India's leading run-getter with 278 runs and Vicky Ostwal topped the bowling charts for the team with 12 wickets, every member of the squad put their hand up and delivered for the team whenever there was an opportunity.

"India is the most successful side in the history of U-19 World Cups and the fifth title is a testament to the robust system and structure we have in place for our age-group cricketers. The Board takes age-group cricket very seriously and works closely to ensure we remain fluid with our approach to suit the demands of the team amidst the pandemic," said board Secretary Jay Shah.  

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