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Abhiraman Goud G C L, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The three time champions – Team India (U19) have been stunned by the under-dogs – West Indies (U19) in a nail biting final of U19 Cricket Worldcup – 2016 at Mirpur, Bangladesh. It was the WI(U19) team who performed under the pressure and created history by winning maiden U19-World Cup for their nation. Keacy Carty has shown nerves of steel by scoring 52 runs of 125 balls he has faced. Despite the middle-order collapse, he has kept the pressure at bay and batted till the victory.
The Indians have been the favourites right from the beginning of the tournament and behind them stands the “Wall of Indian cricket – Rahul Dravid” as their coach. The team has lived up to their reputation by crushing the opponents by great margins. There was no looking back for the team and they made their way straight into the finals.
On the other hand we have the West Indian team which has surprised their opponents throughout the tournament and reached the final. The expectations of them at the beginning of the match were very meagre. But when they were out in the middle, things have completely changed. They managed to restrict the mighty Indians to 145 runs in 45.1 overs and they chased down the total with 5 wickets and just 3 balls remaining.
The Caribbean style of celebration has started and Springer, with his famous chest rolling dance, leads the proceedings.
This victory might be the renaissance of the Caribbean cricket.