India won the U-19 World Cup final against Australia by 8 wickets on Saturday in Mount Maunganui, as the young guns got off to a big start.
Earlier, it was a terrific start for Ishant Porel, who struck hard to send Australia’s opening stand of Max Bryant and Jack Edwards back to the pavilion. Following which Kamlesh Nagarkoti removed captain Sangha for mere 13 runs.
Both teams come into the all-important contest on the back of comprehensive wins in the last-4. Australia beat Afghanistan by six wickets but India went a step further against arch-rivals Pakistan to inflict a 203 run spanking. Prithvi Shaw-captained India had faced Australia at the start of the tournament and had emerged triumphant by 100 runs.
The Indian side has put in some impressive performance to win all their five matches – one of which also includes an emphatic 203-run win against arch-rivals Pakistan in the semifinal. Australia, on the other hand, have not had a smooth sailing all the way. They lost their tournament opener against India, before winning four games in a row to make it to the final. However, Jason Sangha-led Australian side’s last two performances signal that they have upped their game when it mattered.
Shubman Gill has been the most consistent batsman of the tournament. He scored a scintillating hundred in the semis and helped India in posting a winning total against Pakistan.
India have lifted the Under-19 World Cup trophy thrice and Prithvi Shaw has joined the likes of Mohammad Kaif (2002), Virat Kohli (2008) and Unmukt Chand (2012) to become fourth Indian captain to lift the U-19 World Cup title.
They have a calm head in Rahul Dravid as their head coach, and he will ensure that the team doesn’t get complacent, keeping the focus on the job at hand.