Some careers will flourish while others will fade away, but this Sunday, all eyes will be on the spirited 18 and 19-year-old Indian cricketers as they strive to secure a historic sixth ICC U-19 World Cup title against Australia in Benboni, South Africa. Last November, an Australian team left Rohit Sharma’s squad in tears on the global stage, but for players like Uday Saharan, Sachin Dhas, Musheer Khan, and Saumykumar Pandey, defeating the Aussies would be particularly satisfying. A sort of revenge will be on the cards when the Boys in Blue take the field in the final showdown.
The Australian team boasts a formidable quartet consisting of skipper Hugh Weibgen, opener Harry Dixon, and seamers Tom Straker and Callum Vidler, all of whom could pose challenges for India.
Having triumphed over Australia in the 2012 and 2018 finals, India U-19 enters this title match as the favorites once again.
India has long been a powerhouse in age-group cricket, consistently producing talented players, and their appearance in the ninth global final is a testament to the robust system established over the past two decades.
Since Virat Kohli’s team claimed the trophy in 2008, the U-19 World Cup has garnered significant attention, especially with live TV coverage and streaming.
Boys in Blue Impressing On Global Stage
Although initially underestimated, the current Indian team, led by Saharan, has defied expectations, bouncing back from a disappointing performance in the U-19 Asia Cup a few months ago. Led by Saharan, who leads the batting charts with 389 runs, the team has progressively improved with each match, facing its toughest challenge in the semifinals against hosts South Africa, where they clinched victory by a narrow margin of one wicket.
Probable Playing XI
India: Uday Saharan (C), Arshin Kulkarni, Adarsh Singh, Rudra Mayur Patel, Sachin Dhas, Priyanshu Moliya, Musheer Khan, Aravelly Avanish Rao (WK), Saumy Kumar Pandey (VC), Murugan Abhishek, Innesh Mahajan (WK), Dhanush Gowda, Aaradhya Shukla, Raj Limbani, Naman Tiwari.
Australia: Hugh Weibgen (C), Lachlan Aitken, Charlie Anderson, Harkirat Bajwa, Mahli Beardman, Tom Campbell, Harry Dixon, Ryan Hicks (wk), Sam Konstas, Rafael MacMillan, Aidan O’Connor, Harjas Singh, Tom Straker, Callum Vidler, Ollie Peake.