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Rahul Dravid remains humble after India’s U-19 Cricket World Cup win, says ‘it’s not about me’

MOUNT MAUGANUI, Feb 2: Rahul Dravid hopes India’s ICC?Under-19 Cricket World Cup triumph is a stepping stone for great things to come following Saturday’s eight-wicket win over Australia in the final.

Having bowled Australia out for 216 in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Indian U-19 cricket team made light work of a moderate total as Manjot Kalra saw them home in style.

The opener struck an unbeaten 101 from 102 balls with eight fours and three sixes as Dravid’s men reached their target with more than 11 overs to spare.

The title is India’s first since 2012, having been beaten in the final by the West Indies two years ago, and the head coach hopes this success is the first of many for this crop of players.

“I’m really proud of the boys and the effort they put in,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier for them.

“Hopefully it’s a memory they cherish for a long, long time, but hopefully not the lasting memory and they have many more great moments and bigger things in future.

“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.”

“I enjoyed it a lot,” added man of the match Kalra. “The conditions were good. Not a difficult wicket, it was flat and good to bat on. It’s been a great environment within the team and I’ve enjoyed that.”

Thai Golf Passport launched in India

By Deepak Arora

New Delhi, January 12, 2018: When it comes to hospitality no country comes closer to perfection than Thailand offering something for everyone of diverse interest, every age and every budget. From pristine sandy beaches to lush jungles, bustling busy cities to traditional villages, Michelin star menus to roadside noodle stalls, historic Buddhist temples to 21st-century skyscrapers Thailand is truly amazing!

Amazing Thailand also has Amazing Golf facilities. Ideally located more than 200 golf courses throughout the country,by the sea, by the mountains, by the lakes, inside the cities even besides the airports. Top quality courses, reasonable green fees, friendly caddies. From the beach resorts in the south such as Phuket to the mountainous surroundings in the north, or the bustling cities of Bangkok and Pattaya, there are golf courses to suit every preference.

To bring value to this offering, SLW, the leading Golf Management company has launched the first ever loyalty program for a country. “Thai Golf Passport has been launched in india to offer Indian golfers a seamless golf experience in Thailand. Indian golfers can be a part of this Amazing rewards program whenever they tee off in Amazing Thailand,” said Anil Dev, Managing Director SLW.

“A number of quality service providers like Thai Airways, Cox & Kings,Callaway and a number of Golf Courses,Resorts and hotels have come together to partner this initiative,” he added.

The Thai Golf Passport was launched in New Delhi by Isra Stapanaseth, Director Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi Office, Vani Kapoor,the leading Indian Lady Professional Golfer, Gajendar Panwar, Vice Preseident Indian Golf Travel Association, Rohan Prakash, Associate Vice President Cox & Kings and Prashant Singh, General Manager, Callaway Golf India. Also present were a number of Golf Travel professionals from the travel and tourism trade.

"While Thailand is an Amazing destination, India is the leading market for us.Keeping this in mind and ensuring value added services we have launched Thai Golf Passport in association with SLW Golf Management. This will help golfers to enjoy golf in their favourite destination and help us in connecting with the golfing fraternity in India,” said Isra Stapanaseth, Director Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi.

"The initiative will also keep the Golfers here updated on new golf venues, special offers and various events,” he added.

"Thailand is my favourite destination and I travel a number of times every year. I love the hospitality, food, facilities and of course Golf. Thailand is truly amazing," said Vani Kapoor the leading Indian golf Pro.

“Golf has long been the game of corporate and business people who are also avid travellers. Thai Golf Passport creates a membership that shares common values and interests,and at the same time provide an engaging golfing and networking platform for all stakeholders-members and sponsors alike. We are excited to partner with this innovative initiative which helps us reaching our customers directly,” said Prashant Singh,General Manager, Callaway Golf India.

"Thai Golf Passport is a great initiative for golf tourists to enjoy seamless service. We believe in providing quality service to our customer and this will also help in validating this claim. We are proud to be associated with Tourism Authority of Thailand and it would be our endeavour work towards successful implementation of the project,” added Rohan Prakash, Associate Vice President, Cox & Kings.

“Our association welcomes this move which is a program unique to India.While hotels and airlines have loyalty programs this will be a first of its kind where a Country has created such a program. We support all golf tourism initiatives and are sure that this will really encourage golf travel,” Gajendar Panwar,Vice President Indian Golf Travel Association.


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