3 surprising similarities between India's campaigns in the 2023 World Cup and U-19 World Cup 2024

India lost to Australia by 79 runs in the final of the ICC Men's Under-19 World Cup 2024 at Willowmoor Park, Benoni on Sunday, February 11. With the latest win, the Australian team continued its dominance over the Men in Blue in ICC event finals. The senior men's team had earlier defeated India in the 2023 World Test Championship final as well as the 2023 ODI World Cup final.

Talking about the summit clash of the Under-19 World Cup to be held on Sunday, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. They put up a competitive score of 253/7 on the board in their 50 overs, with Harjas Singh scoring 55 off 64 balls, hitting three fours and as many sixes. Captain Hugh Wiebgen (48 out of 66), opening batsman Harry Dixon (42 out of 56) and Oliver Peak (46* out of 43) also made good contributions.

For IndiaRaj Limbani took 3 wickets for 38 runs in 10 overs, while Naman Tiwari took 2 wickets for 63 runs. Saumya Pandey and Musheer Khan took one wicket each. Chasing 254, India could score only 174 runs in 43.5 overs and Australia registered a resounding win. For the Australians, Mahali Beardman and Rafe McMillan took three wickets each, while Callum Vidler also impressed with 2/35.

Incidentally, there were some surprising similarities between India's campaigns in the 2023 World Cup and the Under-19 World Cup 2024. Take a look.


#1 India's unbeaten streak ends in the final against Australia

Indian team celebrating taking a wicket in the 2024 Under-19 World Cup final. (Photo: Getty Images)

India remained unbeaten in the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup as well as the summit clash of the Under-19 World Cup 2024. The Men in Blue won all nine of their matches in the league stage of the 2023 World Cup and registered an impressive victory. In Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

They again faced the Kiwi team in the semi-finals and won by 70 runs. Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to seal their place in the final. Hosts India started as favorites in the mega finale played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. However, they again succumbed to the pressure of the big occasion and lost by six wickets.

As mentioned earlier, India was also undefeated against Australia in the final of the Under-19 World Cup 2024. They recorded crushing victories over Bangladesh, Ireland and the United States in the group stage. The Men in Blue then defeated New Zealand by 214 runs and Nepal by 132 runs to enter the Super Six stage.

South Africa Gave a crushing defeat to India in the first semi-final. Chasing 245, they lost four wickets for 32 runs, but managed a close win by two wickets. However, like the senior men's team, the under-19 team also finished second behind Australia in the final.


#2 Indian batsmen were the top two run scorers

Uday Saharan scored 397 runs in seven innings.  (Photo: Getty Images)Uday Saharan scored 397 runs in seven innings.  (Photo: Getty Images)
Uday Saharan scored 397 runs in seven innings. (Photo: Getty Images)

While India finished runners-up in the 2023 ODI World Cup as well as the Under-19 World Cup 2024, their batsmen were the top two leading run-scorers in both the competitions.

First, if we look at the 2023 ODI World Cup, Virat Kohli had scored a record-breaking 765 runs in 11 innings at an average of 95.62 and strike rate of 90.32 with the help of three centuries and six half-centuries. Team India captain Rohit Sharma finished second in this list after scoring a total of 597 runs in 11 innings with one century and three half-centuries.

In 2024 Under-19 World Cup, Indian captain Uday Saharan finished as the leading run-scorer with 397 runs at an average of 56.71 in seven innings. Like Rohit, he scored one century and three half-centuries.

Musheer Khan finished second among the highest run scorers in the competition. In seven innings he scored a total of 360 runs at an average of 60. Musheer contributed two centuries and one half-century.


#3 India's strong batting line-up disappointed them in both the finals

It was the same old story for India in another ICC final.  (Photo: Getty Images)It was the same old story for India in another ICC final.  (Photo: Getty Images)
It was the same old story for India in another ICC final. (Photo: Getty Images)

India's batting was excellent in both the ICC events, but it could not perform well on the day when it mattered most. The Men in Blue were asked to bat by the Australian team in the 2023 ODI World Cup final in Ahmedabad and they managed to score only 240 runs on the board.

Rohit (47 runs on 31 balls) and Kohli (54 runs on 63 balls) got the start but could not convert it into big scores. KL Rahul scored 66 runs, but it was made in 107 balls. Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja were out on single-figure scores, while Suryakumar Yadav struggled during his innings of 18 runs from 28 balls.

India's batting completely collapsed in the Under-19 World Cup final. The three in-form batsmen – Musheer, Saharan and Sachin Dhas – together contributed only 39 runs. Opener Arshin Kulkarni was out for 3 runs, Priyanshu Molia was out for 9 runs and keeper Aravali Avneesh was out for 0.

Adarsh ​​Singh (47) and Murugan Abhishek (42) put up some resistance, but in the end India fell well short of the target.

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