We played hasty shots, couldn't execute plans: Saharan on U19 World Cup defeat against Australia

India captain Uday Saharan admitted that the team's batsmen faltered in their performance and had to pay the price for playing hasty shots in their 79-run defeat to Australia in the Under-19 World Cup final here on Sunday.

Set a target of 254 runs to win, India produced disappointing figures with the bat and were all out for 174 runs in 43.5 overs. Openers Adarsh ​​Singh (47) and Murugan Abhishek (42) were the only Indian batsmen who showed fighting spirit despite the title slipping away from India's hands.

He said, “We played some hasty shots, could not spend much time at the crease. We had prepared but couldn't execute,” Saharan said during the post-match presentation.

While India faltered in the final stages, captain Saharan praised the team for its stellar performance in the tournament.

“It was a very good tournament. I'm very proud of the boys, they all played very well. They all showed great fighting spirit from the start, very proud of them,” he said.

“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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Australia celebrates winning the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup.
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This was the fourth Under-19 World Cup title for Australia. “It's incredible. I'm very proud of this group of boys and the coaches. A lot of work has gone in over the last few months,” said captain Hugh Wiebgen.

“We were confident that if we got 250 on the board, we would defend it. India, obviously, are a class team, they dominated throughout the tournament and today they were on the wrong side, but they have a lot of class.

The Australian bowlers were successful with Callum Vidler (2/35), Charlie Anderson (1/42), Mahali Beardman (3/15) and Tom Straker (1/32) taking seven wickets between them. “Individually, as a unit they work very well together. They know their roles, they know their work. “I would be very surprised if those four don't go very far,” Wiebgen said.

Wiebgen also praised Harjas Singh, who scored 55 for Australia. “Form is temporary, class is permanent. Full credit goes to the coaches for having faith in him. We were confident that he would get the job done.”

Beardman, who was named player of the match, described it as a “surreal” feeling. “It is very unrealistic, not fully established yet. But this is something we've been working on for a long time, so the hard work paid off,” he said.

Asked about the plans against India, Beardman said: “They have been incredible and we knew it would be a good fight. For me, I just wanted to use my short balls and hit the top off. I am thinking about my bowling, my field setting. Just trying to work on the mental side of the ball.”

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