India Colts captain Uday Sharan said the team had adequate preparation for the summit clash but they failed to execute their plans after losing by 79 runs in the U19 World Cup final against Australia at Willowmoor Park in Benoni on Sunday. are.
Chasing 254, the defending champions lacked a partnership in the middle and were bundled out for 174 in 43.5 overs. Adarsh Singh and Murugan Abhishek scored 47 and 42 runs respectively but failed to lead the team to victory.
Captain Sharan said that the batsmen played 'fast shots' which helped in their early dismissals in the match.
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.
India remained unbeaten in the tournament before losing to Australia in the title match. Sharan praised his boys for their 'fighting spirit' in the competition.
“It was a very good tournament. I'm very proud of the boys, they all played very well. Sharan said, “They all showed great 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.”
Australia captain Hugh Wiebgen, who led his team to their fourth U19 World Cup title, expressed his delight at the trophy and praised his boys for the team effort.
“It's unbelievable. I'm very proud of this group of boys and the coaches. A lot of work has gone in over the last few months. We were pretty confident that if we got 250 on the board, we would defend it. India, Obviously a class team, they've dominated throughout the tournament and today they were on the wrong side, but they've got a lot of class,” Australia captain Hugh Wiebgen said.
Callum Vidler (2/35), Charlie Anderson (1/42), Mahali Beardman (3/15) and Tom Straker (1/32) shared seven wickets each in the final, as the Australian bowlers were successful.
“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 didn’t go very far.”
Wiebgen also praised Harjas Singh, who top scored for Australia with 55.
“Form is temporary, class is permanent. Full credit goes to the coaches for keeping 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 his 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 settings. Just trying to work on the mental side of the ball.”
South African fast bowler Kwena Mafaka was named the best player of the tournament.
(With PTI inputs)