5 Indian players who lost the U19 World Cup final but became superstars. Rohit Sharma

With just two wickets remaining and an impossible 103 runs required to win the 2024 Under-19 World Cup final on Sunday, India's Naman Tiwary told his batting partner Murugan Abhishek that even if they lose, they will not be without learning. Will not go back.

Ultimately, Australia won the title by winning by 79 runs. But Tiwari's words were captured on the stump mic and went viral on social media. Like him, Indian fans were also beginning to understand that the World Cup at this stage was not about winning or losing, but about lessons that would help the boys in their senior careers.

And this is India's fourth defeat in the Under-19 World Cup final (in nine matches, which is also a record) There have been many people who lost big matches but became superstars. Five of them are listed here:

#5 Yashasvi Jaiswal

The story of India's Test opener and latest double-centurion Yashasvi Jaiswal is now known as one of the most inspirational stories in all of cricket.

The 2020 Under-19 World Cup in South Africa was his first big opportunity after migrating to Mumbai from Uttar Pradesh and living with limited resources. And this left-handed batsman did not fail to make an impact.

Although India lost to Bangladesh in the final, Jaiswal won the Player of the Series title, scoring 400 runs in six matches at an average of 133.33 and taking three wickets.

Soon after, he was picked up Rajasthan Royals In the IPL where he improved season after season and became one of the best powerplay batsmen. In 2023, he continued to hone his image as an aggressive batsman, which earned him a chance to debut in Tests and T20Is, where he has cemented his position to a great extent.

Tilak Verma, Ravi Bishnoi, and Dhruv Jurel were also from the 2020 batch. While Bishnoi is India's leading leg spinner in T20Is, Verma has also made his international debut and Jurel could play alongside Jaiswal in India's third Test against England.

#4 Rishabh Pant

The thrilling defeat to West Indies in the last over in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup final proved to be the cauldron for the birth of many gems of Indian cricket. Most of those 11 players are now part of IPL teams or on the fringes of national selection.

But the biggest star to emerge from that team was wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. This powerful left-handed opener was the second highest run scorer after India. Sarfaraz Khan With 267 runs at 44.5. His strike rate of 104.29 was the best among the top 15 run-scorers in the competition and, clearly, was a sign of things to come.

Like Jaiswal, Pant also got direct entry into IPL Delhi Capitals Where his ability to look composed against the best international bowlers earned him an India call-up in 2017. Over the next five years, he equally struggled and surprised the audience, eventually becoming the hero of Test hearts with a Gabba win.

He has been out of action since his accident in late December 2022 and is now expected to return in IPL 2024. If he continues where he left off, Pant could soon be in the conversation about becoming the next Indian captain, at least in Tests.

#3 Cheteshwar Pujara

The next three players are from the same batch – 2006 – which was the first time India lost the final of an edition of the Under-19 World Cup against rivals Pakistan.

This was as entertaining a final as they come. Pakistan, with players like Sarfaraz Ahmed Imad WasimWas out for 109 runs in the first innings of a 50 over game. It seemed that with an in-form batting lineup, India would chase it down in the powerplay itself, but they lost six wickets for nine runs and the remaining wickets for 71 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara's second wicket fell on the first ball of the second over. However, the right-hander finished the World Cup as the top run-scorer with 349 runs at an average of 116.33 and also won Player of the Tournament.

Four years later, he made his Test debut against Australia and scored a half-century and never looked back.

Thirteen years later, he is no longer in the team, but has 7195 Test runs in 103 matches at an average of 43.60, including several match-winning performances around the world. He is now considered one of the best number threes in Indian Test history and the inheritor of Rahul Dravid's 'The Wall' nickname.

#2 Ravindra Jadeja

On a pitch that had something to keep every type of bowler interested, Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets for 16 runs. He was the second highest wicket taker Piyush Chawla Who took 4/8 and despite a short career, won the 2011 World Cup on home soil with the senior team.

This tournament was the beginning of Jadeja's journey from being a 'bits and pieces' cricketer to becoming a proper all-rounder for India. Rajasthan Royals selected him for the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, where he played mostly as a batsman, earning him entry into India's ODI and T20I teams in 2009.

He continued to be in and out of the team for the next four years and eventually cemented his place during the 2013 Champions Trophy as an economical and wicket-taking orthodox spinner who also had batting ability.

Much work on his batting, development of incredible consistency in his bowling and unmatched athleticism in the field made him one of the best Test all-rounders in the world. Now he has more than 6000 runs and 500 wickets in his name for India.

#1 Rohit Sharma

A slight contrast to Jadeja, Rohit Sharma played as an all-rounder in the Under-19 World Cup and also took a wicket with his off-spin in the final. However, batting at number 3, he was out after scoring four runs. Overall, he was India's third-best batsman in the tournament with 205 runs at an average of 41.

it was quite impressive M S Dhoni To include him in his squad for the 2007 T20 World Cup, which India also won. Deccan Chargers signed him for the IPL in 2008, where, again, he played as an all-rounder, but by the time he left. Mumbai Indians In 2010, an injury forced him to become primarily a batsman.

Later, Dhoni moved him from the middle order to the top, where he became one of the world's best players in white-ball cricket with three ODI double centuries and five T20I centuries, and built a reputation as one of the most dangerous big-hitters . Hitters in the world.

In the second half of his career he was made the captain of all formats. Last year, he led India to the final of the 2023 World Cup and now he is expected to lead the way in the 2024 T20 World Cup as well. Currently, he is captaining India in the Test series against England, where he is also the senior-most batsman.

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