Rahul Dravid did not win any world cup as part of the senior team but on February 3, 2018, he held aloft the ICC 2018 Cricket World Cup trophy as the coach of the victorious Indian team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) immediately announced a cash reward for the players, coach and the support staff. Also Read - Rahul Dravid on Receiving Praise For India's Historic Series Win Over Australia: 'The Boys Deserve All The Credit'
While Rahul Dravid was the biggest beneficiary with Rs 50 lakh, each player of the Under 19 team got Rs 30 lakh while the amount was Rs 20 lakh for the support staff. Also Read - Rahul Dravid Trends After Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar Help India Beat Australia at Gabba
However, the legendary batsman was reportedly not happy with the huge disparity in the prize money. According to an Indian Express report, Dravid expressed his displeasure and asked for the support staff to be rewarded with an equal prize money and he as the head coach should not be given an amount higher than his colleagues. Also Read - 4th Test Impasse: BCCI Formally Writes to CA on Relaxation of Brisbane Hard Quarantine
Dravid maintained that the entire support staff worked as a team and the Under 19 World Cup victory was a result of the hard work put in by the coaches as well as the players. (Also Read: Here’s What Rahul Dravid Has to Say on India’s U-19 World Cup Win)
Apart from Dravid, who is the head coach, the support staff includes bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, fielding coach Abhay Sharma, physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, trainer Anand Date, masseur Mangesh Gaikwad and video analyst Devraj Raut. All of them will receive Rs 20 lakh each.
“It’s a bit embarrassing at times because I tend to get a lot of attention and focus, but it is really about the support staff and the quality of people that we’ve had. I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids,” Dravid had said after the prize money was announced.
The India Under 19 team under Prithvi Shaw’s captaincy won the trophy for the fourth time on Saturday defeating Australia in the final by eight wickets at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand.