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  • Flipkart assures employees that there will be no job or salary cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Although it was obvious, but the government still clarifies that there is no need to switch off appliances and only lights need to be switched off on April 5 at 9pm after confusion in the minds of some people
  • PM Modi and President Trump decide "to deploy full strength of (Indo-US) partnership" to fight against COVID-19
  • 17 states have reported 1023 cases of coronavirus linked to the Tablighi Jamaat, which translates to 30% of all positive cases in India
  • The government says people should not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles on April 5
  • The railways say there is no certainty yet when services will resume after the lockdown and a final decision will be taken in the next few days
  • As coronavirus cases multiply in Assam, six north-east states seal their borders with the state
  • Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POCOSO) putting all systems and protocols in place at war-footing to ensure there is no grid failure due to reduction in demand on April 5 at 9 pm
  • Power ministry scotches rumours that the power grid might fail due to the 9-minute blackout called by PM Modi on Sunday, April 5
  • Centre asks people to wear home-made masks if it is absolutely essential for them to step out of homes
  • Centre asks states to allow licensed street vendors to sell essential items
  • 8000 samples were tested across India on April 2, but the government said that testing will be need-based and will not be used as a confidence-boosting measure
  • Air India operating special flights to fly passengers stuck in India since the lockdown
  • For the first time in history, Darjeeling loses first flush tea due to suspension of garden work for Covid-19 outbreak
  • Supreme Court asks journalists to be responsible and publish only the official version of news after it was brought to its notice that migrant exodus started after the 'fake' news that the lockdown will be extended to three months
Total count stands ar 3082 as India records 16 Covid-19 deaths, the highest in a single day
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Under-19 World Cup: Stellar Show

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-02-03 20:22:52

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The Indian under-19 cricket team, its coach Rahul Dravid and the support staff deserve all the kudos they are getting. The BCCI has done well to announce excellent sums as cash prize for the entire team. Winning the World Cup is an achievement in itself and winning it by remaining unbeaten is awesome. It speaks volumes for the effort, dedication, training and attitude of the entire team that no team came even close to being competitive, let alone beat them. They were superb in all departments of the game and raised the bar to a level where no one could catch up. The Australians were made to look ordinary in the final which India won very comfortably.

The Prithvi Shaw-led and Rahul Dravid-mentored team has an abundance of talent. It has the captain himself and Manjot Kalra at the top with Shubnam Gill and wicketkeeper Harvik Desai giving strong performances in the middle. It has three most fearsome fast bolwers in Kailash Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and Ishan Porel. It has excellent spinners in Anukul Roy and Shiva Singh. The boys are quite athletic in the field and are brilliant fielders. This is a team that is not dependant on any one star but works and clicks as a unit. That is Rahul Dravid’s biggest contribution. He has generated self-belief in each of these youngsters.

However, after the win Dravid has said that this win should not define their careers. Instead, he has advised the players to create bigger and better memories for themselves. This is a sane advice from a man who has been there and done all. Prithvi Shaw and company have the example of earlier junior players, especially world cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, before them. Fame, adulation and money can go to the head and lead to a burnout faster than the time it took them to win the cup. Not all can have a level head as Virat Kohli. Fame and money should be enjoyed but not allowed to go to the head. Hence, these youngsters should cut out distractions and focus on the game to be an asset for India for many years.