Unmukt Chand has shared a post for India U19 cricket team. Photo: AP
- India U19 lost to Australia in the final of the World Cup
- The Boys in Blue failed to chase a target of 254
- Unmukt Chand has shared a message for India U19 team
India U19 cricket team suffered a heartbreak and lost to Australia in the final of the U19 World Cup in South Africa. Given their form in the tournament, the Uday Saharan-led side entered the final as favourites. But the Boys in Blue failed to chase a target of 254 and fell short by 79 runs. India won all their three league stage games. They also won all four matches in the Super Six.
Following the final, Unmukt Chand took to X to share a heartfelt post for the India U19 cricket team. The former India U19 World Cup-winning captain wrote that the players should learn and move forward.
“Tough pill to digest but what a great tournament for all of you. The way you guys played was truly exceptional. Heads high always and this is just the beginning. Learn and move forward and always back yourself no matter what. Proud of the entire team!!” he wrote.
Unmukt captained India to a title win in the 2012 U19 World Cup. The captain stepped up in the final and remained unbeaten on 111 in the chase to the target of 226. India defeated Australia in the final. Unmukt was on commentary during the 2024 U19 WC final.
Adarsh Singh’s efforts not enough
Opting to bat first, Australia U19 lost an early wicket but bounced back quickly. Harjas Singh played a game-changing knock of 55. Captain Hugh Weibgen (48) and Harry Dixon (42) also played their part in the total. Raj Limbani scalped three wickets for India.
India U19 lost wickets at regular intervals and none of the batsmen was able to assist Adarsh Singh. Adarsh departed for 47 off 77 balls in the 31st over. Murugan Abhishek also scored 42 off 46 balls but he had the improbable task of completing the chase. Australia are now four-time U19 World Cup champions.