Tauranga: The young guns of India went all blazing over Australia on Saturday as on February 3, 2018, India became the most successful team in the Under-19 World Cup history.
It is India’s fourth title victory in thirty-year history of the tournament.
India defeated Australia, second time in the biennial tournament this year, with a huge margin of 8 wickets as after a great show by the bowlers, Manjot Kalra scored a memorable hundred to see India over the 217-run target with over 10 overs to spare.
Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Anukul Roy put up a team effort to bundle up Australian boys for a mere 216 runs in 47.2 overs, and later Manjot and Harvik Desai put up an unbeaten 89-run partnership to help India lift the trophy.
India saw some great performances with bat and ball both throughout the tournament. But the biggest contributors are Shubman Gill with bat and Anukul Roy with ball.
The young lads have attained some phenomenal figures in the tournament. Where Shubman Gill scored 372 runs in 5 innings, Anukul was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 wickets in six matches.
Shubman Gill, who was named ‘Player of the Tournament’, had the highest average of 124 in the tournament. He remained unbeaten on two occasions and had the highest score of 102* runs. Apart from a ‘Bradmansque’ average, he also has an amazing strike-rate of 112.38.
Gill scored three fifties and a century while was dismissed for 31 runs in the final against Australia, which is his only score below 50 runs in the tournament.
His scores in the six matches of the tournament:
63 vs Australia
Did not Bat vs Papua New Guinea
90* vs Zimbabwe
86 vs Bangladesh (Quarter-Final)
102* vs Pakistan (Semi-final)
31 vs Australia (Final)
Anukul Roy amazed everyone with his amazing ability to fool the batsmen. He took 14 wickets at an astonishing average of 9.07. His best bowling figure in the tournament was 5/14, and he only conceded 127 runs in the tournament in 33 overs he bowled.
Batsmen from all the teams found it almost impossible to score freely against this left-arm orthodox bowler.
1/36 vs Australia
5/14 vs Papua New Guinea
4/20 vs Zimbabwe
1/14 vs Bangladesh (Quarter-Final)
1/11 vs Pakistan (Semi-final)
2/32 vs Australia (Final)
Apart from these two youngsters, the contributions of skipper Prithvi Shaw (261 at an average of 65.25), Manjot Kalra (252 runs at an average of 84), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (9 wickets at an average of 16.33) and Shivam Mavi (9 wickets at an average of 18.88) were also instrumental in India’s record-setting victory.