8 Matches, 5 Victories, 3 Losses: India's Track Record In The U-19 World Cup Finals

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Vishal Singh Feb. 11, 2024

The Indian cricket team, captained by Uday Saharan, will play against Australia in the Under-19 World Cup 2024 final on Sunday at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. India will be participating in the final clash for the eighth time. The team has won five and lost three of the eight games they have played thus far. Notably, India has won the most games of any team in the competition's history. Australia ranks as the second-best squad on the list with three titles. This is an overview of India's performance thus far in the Under-19 World Cup finals:

Finals for the first time in 2000 -

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India made it to the finals for the first time. In Colombo, India defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 thanks to the captaincy of Muhammad Kaif. India got the chance to bowl first and after dismissing Sri Lanka for 178, they took 6 wickets to reduce the total to 40.4 overs. That Indian team also included Yuvraj Singh.

Again in 2006 -

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This is India's second appearance in the Under-19 World Cup final, however, unlike the previous time, they lost to their bitter rivals, Pakistan, by a score of 38 runs in Colombo. The Indian team, which included players like Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, and Piyush Chawla, was captained by Ravikant Shukla. Pakistan chose to bat first and finished with 109 all out before bowling India out for 71.

2008:

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India made it to the Under-19 World Cup final for the third time. The team defeated South Africa by a score of 12 runs (losing by deep score system) in Kuala Lumpur. India, captained by Virat Kohli, reached 159 all out before limiting the Proteas to 103 for 8. The Indian squad included legendary players like Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, and Siddarth Kaul.

2012:

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In the final match in Townsville, India defeated Australia to win the title for the third time. India chose to bowl first and held Australia to 225 for 8. With six wickets remaining, the team managed to chase down the goal in 47.4 overs, led by captain Unmukt Chand's 111 not out. Sandeep Sharma and Hanuma Vihari were also members of the victorious Indian squad.

2016:

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India is the only team from this edition to have reached to the Under-19 World Cup finals. When India opted to bat first against the West Indies in Mirpur, they responded with a score of 145, but their opponents managed to chase it down in 49.3 overs. Among the team's top players were Avesh Khan, Sarfaraz Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar, and Rishabh Pant.

2018:

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India genuinely dominated Australia at Mount Maunganui in the final Australia. Australia chose to bat first and scored 216 runs in 38.5 overs before India surpassed them. Prithvi Shaw led the Indian team that included players such as Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill.

2020:

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Bangladesh defeated India by three wickets (DLS method) in this low-scoring thriller in Potchefstroom. In the final match, India got to bat first and was bowled out for 177 before Bangladesh managed to reach the changed target of 170 in 42.1 overs. Stars like Ravi Bishnoi, Tilak Varma, Dhruv Jurel, and Yashasvi Jaiswal played for the Indian team captained by Priyam Garg.

2022:

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This time, India overcame England in the final match to capture a record-breaking fifth title. After choosing to bat first, England reached 189 all out in 47.4 overs before the team captained by Yash Dhull was able to chase it down. The team had players like Raj Bawa and Rajvardhan Hangargekar.