Calcutta/ Townsville: For Bengal pacer Ravikant Singh, winning the under-19 World Cup was a dream come true.
He said that he was lucky to make the cut after being initially left out. He got selected after Mohsin Sayyed got injured.
"I've been very lucky. I came in as a replacement and didn't know whether I fit into the plans of the team management… But then when I got my chance, I stuck to my basics," a beaming Ravikant, who got one on Sunday to finish the tournament with 12 wickets, told The Telegraph from Townsville.
The following are what some of under-19 heroes had to say (alphabetically)
Baba Aparajith: The feeling is yet to sink in. We are in a party mood… I think the key to our success was unity. Though we lost the first match, we did not wilt. We stuck together and played as a unit.
Smit Patel: I started a bit tentatively but Unmukt gave me confidence… And then I got going. The coaches have been consistently telling us if there is pressure, stick to your basics and that is what I did. Unmukt batted fluently. And it was a awesome feeling batting with him.
Ravikant Singh: It was a dream come true for all of us. We are elated… Personally, I've been very lucky. I came in as a replacement and didn't know whether I fit into the plans of the team management. It was in the second match that I got a break. I didn't have any particular strategy… Since I was bowling on Australian pitches, I knew that I will get help from the wickets. So, my aim was to get the basics right.
I tried to contain the batsmen by bowling at a good line and length. I waited for the batsmen to commit the mistakes. And they fell into my trap.