India will face Australia in the final of the U-19 World Cup 2024 at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Sunday, February 11. This will be India’s fifth consecutive appearance in the summit clash of the ICC event. They are also the defending champions of the tournament.
The Indians have had a wonderful campaign in the U-19 World Cup 2024 and will reach the final undefeated, similar to the senior team’s run in the ODI World Cup last year. Of course, they would want the result of the final to be different as Rohit Sharma’s men suffered major heartbreak against the Australians in the summit clash.
India was placed in Group A in the opening phase of the U-19 World Cup 2024 and advanced to the next round without many problems, beating Bangladesh (by 84 runs), Ireland (by 201 runs) and the United States (by 201 runs). . careers).
Also in the Super Six round, they defeated New Zealand (by 214 runs) and Nepal (by 132 runs). South Africa gave them a tough fight in the first semi-final, but the Men in Blue held on to record a tense two-wicket victory.
On that note, let’s take a look at five players who have been instrumental in India’s journey to the final of the U-19 World Cup 2024.
#1 Saharan Uday
Captain Uday Saharan has led India from the front in the literal sense. He is the top scorer of the 2024 U-19 World Cup heading into the final. In six innings, he has totaled 389 at an impressive average of 64.83, with one hundred and three half-centuries.
Saharan started the World Cup with a challenging 94-ball 64 against Bangladesh. He followed it up with a smooth 75 off 84 against Ireland. In India’s second Super Six round match, he scored 100 off 107 balls against Nepal.
The 19-year-old also withstood immense pressure in the semi-final. His 124-ball 81 was the anchor in India’s tense chase of 245.
#2 Musheer Khan
Sarfaraz Khan’s younger brother Musheer Khan is the second highest run-getter in the U-19 World Cup 2024. In six innings, he scored 338 runs, at an average of 67.60 and a strike rate of 101.19, with two hundred and one fifty.
Musheer scored 118 off 106 against Ireland in the pool match, hitting nine fours and four sixes. He followed up with 73 of 76 in the next match against the United States. He was the Player of the Match for his 126-ball 131 in India’s first U-19 World Cup 2024 Super Six match against New Zealand in Bloemfontein.
Musheer also contributed with the ball and claimed six wickets with his left-arm spin at an average of 23.33 and an economy rate of 3.32.
#3 Pandey Saumy
Left-arm bowler Saumy Pandey has been brilliant for India with the ball in the U-19 World Cup 2024. Heading into the final, he is the third-highest wicket-taker in the competition with 17 scalps in six innings at an average great. of 8.47 and a brilliant economy rate of 2.44.
Pandey has as many as three four-wicket hauls to his name in the tournament. He started his U-19 World Cup 2024 campaign with 4/24 in the group match against Bangladesh and followed it up with 3/21 against Ireland.
His second four-wicket haul came against New Zealand in the Super Six match when he snared four wickets for 19 runs. Pandey also recorded impressive figures of 4/29 against Nepal.
#4 Sachin Dhas
Sachin Dhas is currently ranked third in the list of top run-getters for the U-19 World Cup 2024. In six innings, the right-handed batsman scored 294 runs at an average of 73.50 and a strike rate of 116.66. with a century and a half.
After some useful cameos in the group stage, Dhas stole the show with a match-winning 116 off 101 balls in the Super Six match against Nepal. His innings consisted of 11 fours and three sixes.
In the semi-final against South Africa, Dha came close to reaching a century. However, his 96 off 95 balls, studded with 11 fours and a six, contributed a lot in India, confirming his place in the final of the U-19 World Cup 2024.
Left-arm pacer Naman Tiwari has also had a memorable campaign in the U-19 World Cup 2024. In five innings, he picked up 10 wickets at an average of 17.50 and an economy rate of 4.72, with two hauls of four lands.
Tiwari was among the standout performers in the group win over Ireland, finishing with 4/53 from his 10 overs. He starred again with excellent figures of 4/20 in nine overs in the win over the United States.
Tiwari proved a bit expensive in the semi-final against South Africa, posting figures of 1/52 in eight overs. He will be eager to give his best in the important final against Australia.