Under-19 World Cup final: 'Thrice' bad!

India There is plenty to think about after South Africa got a reality check with bat and ball after their World Cup ambitions suffered a 79-run defeat to Australia in Benoni on Sunday afternoon.

Perhaps, the Indians were powerless in what was their chance to make a big statement in front of a sea of ​​yellow at Willowmoor Park Australia Made a strong score of 253 runs for seven wickets, which is the highest score made by any team. Under-19 World Cup Final history, and in contrast, India's worst ever performance with the ball in this tournament.

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In reply, the Australian teenagers were more 'tug boat' than 'cruiser', a lack of urgency – and disciplined bowling – saw them collapse for a modest score of 174 on the last ball of the day, ensuring India's first defeat. tournament, like the senior team played at the World Cup last November.

“It's incredible. I'm very proud of this group of lads and the coaches. There's been a lot of work over the last few months,” said Australia captain Hugh Wiebgen. “We were pretty confident that if we'd got 250 on the board “If there is, then we will defend it. India, obviously, are a class team, they have dominated throughout the tournament and today they were on the wrong side, but they have a lot of class.”

India's Under-19 World Cup campaign seemed like a dream until Sunday, not because it was fleeting or because it would be something to be remembered in the future, but because each game, like a dream, is a time to share. There was a story for it.

but while Australia While not exactly favorites going into the summit clash, there was certainly pressure on defending champions India, looking to avenge their 2023 final defeat. Having said that, riding on the wave of home support and not looking like collapsing under the weight of a nation of 1.4 billion people, India have put on a perfect tournament, going undefeated till the final.

He said, “We played some hasty shots, could not spend much time at the crease. We had prepared but couldn't execute,'' said the captain Uday Saharan During the post-match presentation. “It was a very good tournament. I'm very proud of the boys, they all played very well. They all showed tremendous fighting spirit from the beginning, very proud of them. We have learned a lot from the beginning till now. Learned a lot from the coaching staff to the game. Now we just need to keep learning more and moving forward.”

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If India had managed to escape some of the rash shots that largely undermined their batting expertise, it would have been their sixth title. This was India's fifth consecutive Under-19 World Cup final appearance and their third against an Australian team, who had never beaten them in an Under-19 World Cup final until Sunday.

Australia also remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, and there was always a familiar feeling that if they won the final it would feel like a bonus, much like their surprise win at the 2021 T20 World Cup or the 2023 ODI World Cup. But it was simply win or lose for India, who were trying to recover from the ICC mess to some extent, but to no avail.

Cricket pundits would argue that the balance of power in global cricket has tilted more towards India over the past decade through the far-reaching control of the Indian Premier League and India's governing cricket body, the BCCI. There is no doubt, be it at the senior level or Under-19, India has been a dominant force in cricket for quite some time now, but the truth is that there are no regular trophies to show for it.

India's World Cup campaign ended with a familiar scene on Sunday as Saharan left the field in tears, evoking memories of senior men's team captain Rohit Sharma's sad reaction to the team's exit in the final last year. Yet despite being disappointed by their defeat, the Saharan boys at least took solace in knowing that they did everything in their power to pull off a miracle and reach the final stage. But after all, who can fight destiny?!

(With quotes from PTI)

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