For the fourth edition in a row, India are in a U-19 World Cup final. Under the captaincy of Yash Dhull, India dominantly marched into another final. The captain led from the front with 110 runs, and the vice-captain Shaik Rasheed scored 94 runs to provide the much-needed support for the captain. Their 204-run partnership helped India recover from 37 for 2 to an eventual total of 290 for 5.
Then it was the time for the Indian bowlers. They picked up wickets at the right time whenever Australia were starting to dominate. They broke the crucial partnerships. Australia was bowled out for a 194, falling short by 96 runs short as seven wickets were taken by spin, with Vicky Ostwal the pick of the bowlers with 3/42.
It has been a tough ride for the Indian team in this edition as they were infected by the coronavirus and at one point even struggled to pick a fit eleven. However, despite the setback, the Indians have come back fitter and more robust than before and here is a brief look at their journey so far in the tournament.
India, unbeaten in all five games, will play Saturday’s final against England, who are also unbeaten. While India will be chasing their fifth title on Saturday, England will be aiming for their first title in 24 years.
Let’s take a look at India’s route to the final.
India U19 started the tournament against South Africa and won the match for 45 runs. India batted first and scored 232 runs. But the youngsters were able to restrict South Africa to 87 runs.
They scored 307 runs against Ireland in the second match, where both Harnoor Singh and Angrish Raghuvanshi scored half-centuries. They bowled out Ireland and won by 174 runs.
In the third match against Uganda, Raj Bawa scored 162 runs, and he broke Shikhar Dhawan’s record for the highest individual score by an Indian batter at the U 19 World Cup. India made a total of 405 runs and bowled out Uganda for just 79 runs.
They restricted Bangladesh for 111 runs in the quarterfinals and defeated them by five wickets.
This is India’s fourth final in a row. There are keeping a stunning consistency to be in the finals. It’s because of the quality of the players that get selected for each tournament.
The team has won four Under-19 World Cups and has the best win percentage in ODIs – 77% among all Under-19 national teams.
The team has won the Under-19 World Cup four times and finished runners-up thrice. In 2000, they won it under the captaincy of Mohammad Kaif. In 2008, they won it under Virat Kohli’s leadership, in 2012 under Unmukt Chand and in 2018 under Prithvi Shaw.