[caption id="attachment_682266" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Rahul-Dravid-11.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-682266" alt="Rahul Dravid Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Rahul-Dravid-11.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Rahul Dravid Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Punjab Cabinet Minister <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/navjot-singh-sidhu/">Navjot Singh Sidhu</a> today congratulated the India U-19 cricket team for reaching the finals of the ongoing World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian team crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 203 runs in the semi-final clash of the prestigious tournament in Christchurch. <p></p> <p></p>The minister extended his best wishes to the Indian team for the final against Australia to be played on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>He credited the exceptional coaching skills of chief coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rahul-dravid/">Rahul Dravid</a> for the achievement. <p></p> <p></p>Sidhu said Dravid played a yeoman's role in shaping up and honing the skills of the Indian team, that delivered par excellence performance in batting, bowling as well as fielding. <p></p> <p></p>Calling Shubhman Gill, who hit a classy unbeaten 102 off 94 balls, the future of Indian cricket, Sidhu said the 18- year-old played a gem of an innings which paved the way for victory. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian team has so far been enjoying an unbeaten run in the U-19 World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, in the quarterfinals the Indian team beat Bangladesh where as in the league phase, the Indian team topped the group by defeating Australia, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea. <p></p> <p></p>India have won the tournament in 2000 (under Mohammed Kaif), 2008 (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a>), 2012 (Unmukt Chand) while losing two finals in 2006 (Cheteshwar Pujara) and 2016 (Ishan Kishan).