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  • 84 NDRF teams have been despatched to 23 states to tackle the flood situation
  • Three persons lynched in Bihar after being accused of cattle theft
  • Delhi police seize a consignment of 1500 kgs of heroin and busts a cartel of Afghanistan-Pakistan narcotics dealers with links to the Taliban
  • Supreme Court gives 9 more months to complete the Babri Masjid demolition case trial
  • Priyanka Gandhi not allowed to meet the families of the dead in the Sonabhadra firing, arrested
  • ICC inducts Sachin Tendulkar in [email protected]@@s Hall of Fame
  • Stock markets bleed for the second day. Sensex crashes 560 points
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
Even after indicating that the trust vote will be held today (he said he cannot delay as he had to face the world), the Karnataka Speaker adjourns the assembly until Monday. Voting is likely to take place on Monday
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Under-19 World Cup: Stellar Show

By Sunil Garodia

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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.