Preview: India vs Australia – ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Final | Cricket news
WHO: India vs Australia
What: ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Final
When: Sunday, February 11, 2024, 10 a.m. (08:00 GMT)
Where: Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
The India Under-19 team steps on the field to play the final of the ICC World Cup with a desire for redemption, hoping to avenge their senior counterparts’ home defeat against Australia at international cricket event.
Three months ago, India’s top team suffered a six-wicket defeat against Australia in the World Cup final on home soil in front of a crowd of 92,000. The loss was very painful for the fans of the Indian team, who were undefeated in the tournament en route to the final.
On Sunday, India’s U-19 team has a chance to rewrite history and chase a record sixth world title.
WTC23 Final 🔄 CWC23 Final 🔄 #U19WorldCup Final 2024
It’s 🇮🇳 vs 🇦🇺 again! pic.twitter.com/s0v5Zpswh0
– ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) February 8, 2024
‘Indian team carrying the dreams of a billion hearts’
India captain Uday Saharan, the tournament’s leading run scorer, and his team are eager to create a legacy for the future players.
Playing in their fifth U-19 World Cup final, India are looking to defend the trophy they won in 2022.
“As we approach the final of the World Cup, the dreams of a billion hearts will be on our shoulders,” the Saharan told reporters before the final. “Our journey has been a testament to our work toughness, unity, and love for the game.
“In this final battle, we aim to create a legacy that will inspire the next generation. It’s not just a game; it’s an opportunity to carve our names in history.”
Aiming for a record sixth World Cup win, the Saharans know Australia will be a big challenge for the Boys in Blue.
“Right from our first game, we have played with passion, determination and belief that we will take home the prestigious title,” said the Saharan.
“In the final, against Australia, it’s not going to be any different as we move one step closer to successfully defending the title.
When the going got tough, Captain Uday Saharan stepped forward 👏👏
For stitching a match-winning partnership with Sachin Dhas, #TeamIndia Captain receives Player of the Match Award 🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2024
“Australian boys want to make family and friends proud”
Australian captain Hugh Weibgen said his team had done a “fantastic job” during the tournament and wanted to end their campaign by lifting the trophy on Sunday.
“This is an opportunity to make our coaches as well as family and friends proud. They have helped and supported us along the way,” said Weibgen.
“India have obviously had a fantastic tournament so far and they are a class team. We expect them to challenge us, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Last link! 🏆
The Aussie U19 men won a THRILLER overnight, setting up a grand final against India on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/SFVwM9ygJ6
– Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) February 8, 2024
Both India and Australia enter the final undefeated, having topped their groups in the first round and the Super Six stage.
India booked their place in the final after defeating hosts South Africa by two wickets in a tight match on Tuesday. Chasing 245 for victory, India fought back from 32-4 to seal a memorable win, thanks to a brilliant partnership between Sachin Dhas and captain Saharan.
Australia also had a remarkable run to the final as they beat Pakistan by one wicket in the final of the second semi-final on Thursday. After bowling Pakistan out for a seemingly sub-par total of 179, Australia joined their chase before their middle and lower order formed crucial partnerships to help them get home in an interesting way.
India and Australia have met twice before in the ICC Men’s U-19 World Cup final, with India winning twice – in 2012 and 2018.
The forecast area in Australia: Harry Dixon, Sam Konstas, Hugh Weibgen (captain), Harjas Singh, Ryan Hicks (wicketkeeper), Ollie Peake, Tom Campbell, Raf McMillan, Tom Straker, Mahli Beardman, Callum Vidler.
Projected area in India: Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni, Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan (C), Priyanshu Moliya, Sachin Dhas, Aravelly Avanish (wk), Murugan Abhishek, Naman Tiwari, Raj Limbani, Saumy Pandey.