2000, 2008, 2012 and now 2018. India pulled off a sensational eight-wicket win over Australia in the big final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to become the only side in history to lift the coveted title for a record fourth time. A clinical bowling performance by India saw them restrict Australia to 216, a total that Prithvi Shaw and his men gunned down comfortably in the end to etch their name in history books.
The platform for the big win was laid by, first, the bowlers, who staged a terrific comeback to remove the last six Australian wickets for just 33 runs, and later by opener Manjot Kalra, who struck a 101-ball century to lead India to victory. Kalra got vital partnerships going with each batsman he batted with – 71 with Shaw, 60 with Shubman Gill and an unbeaten 89 with Harvik Desai and formed the fulcrum around which the chase revolved.
India’s winnings margins this tournament:
vs Aus: 100 runs
vs PNG: 10 wickets (252 balls remaining)
vs Zim: 10 wickets (170 balls remaining)
vs Ban: 131 runs
vs Pak: 203 runs
vs Aus: 8 wickets (67 balls remaining)
Hundreds in a final of the U-19 World Cup:
108 Brett Williams, Aus v Pak, 1988
107 Stephen Peters, Eng v NZ, 1998
100* Jarrad Burke, Aus v SA, 2002
111* Unmukht Chand, Ind v Aus, 2012
101* Manjot Kalra, Ind v Aus, 2018
Prithvi Shaw, India captain: Can’t express what I’m feeling right now, really proud of it. All credit to our support staff for really supporting us for the last two years. Rahul Sir himself is a legend, the Wall we call him. It was a crucial hundred from Manjot. Gill was batting so well. Both pacers, Kamlesh and Mavi, have been executing things so well through the tournament. It’s been wonderful playing matches here.
Jason Sangha, Australia captain: Don’t know what to say at the moment. Proud of the guys to get this far in the tournament. Full credit to India. They played very well. Best of luck for the guys for the IPL. Best thing about today was guys tried to grind it. As a captain you can’t complain when everyone’s giving 110%. India outplayed us. Good for their supporters who came out today. Full credit to our coaching staff. When you have two guys who have played international cricket, it gives you great insights. Thank you to the crowd that came today. Was fantastic to see them here.
Shubman Gill: I am really proud of my team. We were fortunate enough to have Rahul as coach. He was just telling me to express my game and keep it on the ground. Had a good time here. It’s been very exciting for me. Hope to do well in IPL also.
Manjot Kalra :Great feeling. Enjoyed a lot. Conditions were very good. It was a flat wicket to bat on. In the team, it’s been a great environment.
Rahul Dravid: I am really proud of the boys, proud of the effort that they have put in and proud of the support staff as well. (Smiles and pauses as the Indian team celebrates right behind him to be on camera). I think the effort we have put in over the last 14 months have been sensational. They really deserved this, couldn’t be really happier and proud for this bunch of boys. It’s really nice for them and hopefully it’s a memory they’ll cherish for a long time, and hopefully it’s not a memory that defines them and they will have a lot more bigger and better memories as they go on ahead in their careers. Coaching this team I tend to get a lot of attention, but it is really about the quality of support staff that we have had, there have been seven, eight of us who have been together for the last 14 months, the effort they put in was incredible. I am proud to be a part of their (support staff) team and see it as that. We try and do what’s best for the kids and hopefully they can put in the performances on the field and they have certainly done that in this tournament.
Abhishek Sharma: Obviously, we have dreamt of this from last year. We had few plans and we stuck to it. It’s always grateful to be part of this team. I can’t explain the feeling. We’ll celebrate this night – best night of our lives.
yan Parag: It’s just amazing. I was thinking I wouldn’t bat and I proved myself right. Just wanted Manjot to get to his century. I thought it’d be a tough match. It was tough, but we made it look easy. It (pitch) was good for batsmen as well as the bowlers.
Ishan Porel: I’m feeling on top of the world. Credit goes to support staff and team. A competitive effort. Got lots of messages from India. Unfortunate not to reply. Thanks to all of them. I can only say that our bowlers have been fantastic all through the tournament. It’s a team effort.
Australia Under-19 216/10 (47.2 ov)R/R: 4.56
c Kamlesh Nagarkoti b Ishan Porel
c Abhishek Sharma b Ishan Porel
|Jason Sangha (C)
c Harvik Desai b Kamlesh Nagarkoti
c Shiva Singh b Anukul Roy
c & b Anukul Roy
c & b Shiva Singh
c Harvik Desai b Shiva Singh
|Baxter Holt (W)
run out (Shiva Singh)
b Kamlesh Nagarkoti
c Harvik Desai b Shivam Mavi
(b – 0, w – 7, no – 0, lb – 1, penalty – 0)
|Total||216 (4.56 runs per over)|
India Under-19 220/2 (38.5 ov)R/R: 5.66
Prithvi Shaw (C)
b Will Sutherland
b Param Uppal
Harvik Desai (W)
(b – 0, w – 10, no – 1, lb – 1, penalty – 0)
|Total||220 (5.66 runs per over)|
For some, this will be the biggest moment in their lives. But as Rahul Dravid said, they must look upon this as a stepping stone. #ICCU19CWC
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 3, 2018