Shaw, Shubman, Mavi’s Families React to India’s U-19 Win Over Pak
Video Editor: Sandeep Suman
The country woke up to the news of India’s Under-19 team thrashing Pakistan to reach the cricket World Cup final on Tuesday, 30 January. But some households hadn’t got much sleep the night before.
India set up a U-19 World Cup final clash against Australia after registering their biggest win by runs (203) against ‘arch-rivals’ Pakistan in the age group.
India captain Prithvi Shaw’s father Pankaj said, “It feels good that the kids played so well against Pakistan”.
Shaw and Manjot Kalra laid the foundation with a 89-run opening stand at Christchurch.
Kalra’s extended family had assembled at his residence in New Delhi, where his paternal grandfather was celebrating with sweets. ‘Everyone is very happy. The country’s blessings helped our child to achieve this feat,’ he said.
The 19-year-old cricketer’s mother said, “It was great to see India defeat Pakistan by such a big margin. They’ve performed well in all matches. We want them to win the World Cup,” as the other family members cheered Manjot’s name in the background.
The town of Fazilka in Punjab on the other hand woke up to the news of their local boy Shubhman Gill scoring a century in the Under-19 World Cup semis. His ton helped India post a total of 272 for 9 in their 50 overs.
“The entire Gill family is very happy that India defeated Pakistan by 203 runs. Everyone in the team played well,” said Lakhwinder Singh, Shubhman’s father.
A two-room bedroom flat tucked in an apartment colony in Noida had been visited by the media even before sunrise on the day of India’s semi-final. “We thought they would come once the match is over. But we heard a knock on our door at 5am,” said Pankaj Mavi.
Indian pacer Mavi is currently India’s second highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 8 scalps in 5 matches. Though he didn’t pick up any wickets against Pakistan, the 19-year-old gave away just six runs in the four overs he bowled.
‘I’m feeling very proud that my son is doing so well for India. In fact the entire team is doing so well,” said Mavi as neighbours walked in and out of his house.
Seamer Ishan Porel picked up four wickets while left-arm spinner Shiva Singh and off-break bowler Riyan Das took two scalps each, as India bowled Pakistan out for just 69 runs.
The two teams with the most U-19 World Cup wins, will face each other in the summit clash on 3 February. The cricketers’ families were positive they’re going to bring back the trophy.