The India under 19 (U19) world cup team played brilliant cricket right throughout the tournament. The Indians played Australia in the World Cup final on Saturday – 03 Feb at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand and completely outplayed the Australians and won comfortably.
The Indian U19 team won by 8 wickets with more than 10 overs to spare, as they chased down a modest total of 216 to win the U19 World Cup. Australia were expected to push India in the final but they played well below their best and allowed India to dominate with both ball and bat.
Australia Find It Hard To Build Partnerships
The Australians won the toss and elected to bat. The Aussies knew that they would have to put a decent score on the board to put pressure on the Indians. However they were unable to put together a decent partnership as the Indian bowlers bowled a tidy line and length which made scoring difficult.
Australia lost wickets at regular intervals and it was only due to a partnership between J Merlo (76) and P Uppal (34) that they were able to cross the 200 mark. The wickets were shared amongst the Indian bowlers and they made it easy for their batsmen by restricting Australia to a modest total.
M Kalra Hits Century To Take India To Victory
Australia found it hard to put together quality partnerships but the Indians had no such trouble. The left handed opening batsmen M Kalra scored an unbeaten century with a strike rate of 99 and former partnerships with captain P Shaw and U19 Player of the Series Shubman Gill to give India a strong platform. H Desai was at the crease along with M Kalra to take India home and secure the U19 World Cup trophy.
The Indian U19 team paid special tribute to their coach Rahul Dravid. The veteran batsmen nicknamed ‘The Wall’ has been instrumental in grooming this U19 team to have the mental focus and composure to play on the big stage and perform well under pressure.
In a statement, S Gill said “I’m really proud of my team. We were fortunate enough to have Rahul as coach. He was always telling me to express myself and play along the ground as much as possible. It was a good experience for all of us. It’s been pretty exciting. I hope I’ll do well in the IPL as well.”