The India U-19 cricket team created history on Saturday as they defeated the Australia Under-19 team by 8 wickets to lift the ICC U-19 World Cup trophy for the fourth time. India chased a target of 217 in 39 overs. This is a new record as India is the first country to do so. The star of the incredible performance by the boys In blue is Manjot Kalra who scored a ton in the final to take his side to an easy win. Besides lifting the coveted cricket trophy, India remained the only side who went undefeated in the tournament.
Skipper Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra made a solid start and completed another 50 run partnership. After Shaw was sent back by Jack Edwards for 29, Kalra made another 50 run stand with Shubman Gill, and posted his maiden half century in the tournament. After Gill departed for 31, Harvik Desai took charge and saw the team to victory.
Earlier in the day, Aussie skipper Jason Sangha opted to bat after winning the toss at the Bay Oval stadium in Mount Maunganui. The Aussies were skittled out for 216.
As it stands now, both India senior team as well as the U-19 team is placed on top of the ICC rankings. This is also an achievement for coach Rahul Dravid who has never won a World Cup during his long career as a cricketer.
This was India's sixth appearance in the Under-19 World Cup final and the team dedicated their win to the Indian Army. Australia had made it to the final five times and have won the tournament thrice.
Cricket is a game that unites India and today is no different. Personalities from across spectrums joined in the chorus of fans as they congratulated the new champions.