India became the first cricketing nation to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup for the fourth time when they defeated the Australian team by 8 wickets on Saturday, February 3.
Australia, choosing to bat after winning the toss, was all out for 216 in 47.2 overs. Indian opening batsman Manjot Kalra scored an unbeaten 101 and anchoring the innings after the loss of skipper Prithvi Shaw and team's leading scorer in the tournament, Shubman Gil. Having lost skipper Shaw and Gill, the opening batsman displayed commendable calm and composure to see the team through. Harvik Desai (47 not out) provided the support Kalra needed after India was 131 for two in the 22nd over. The two shared 89 runs for the third wicket in what turned out to be a match-winning partnership.
Importantly, India remained undefeated in the tournament. The team's performance was also a fitting tribute to coach Dravid, who finally got his hands on a World Cup trophy. Under Dravid, the side had finished runner-up in the 2016 edition in Bangladesh. Interestingly, the tournament has thrown up another quota of new stars for India with some of them having already turned millionaires after being snapped up for the next Indian Premier League.
India's previous title came in Australia in 2012 when the Unmukt Chand-led team beat the hosts in the final. The Virat Kohli-led side was victorious in 2008 and Mohammed Kaif was captain when India triumphed way back in 2000.