New Delhi: Harjas Singh found his form when it mattered the most. The Australian batter endured a horrendous Under-19 World Cup campaign coming into the final, scoring just 49 runs in six innings but came good when it mattered the most, The Indian-origin Sikh Australian cricketer scored a super half-century to help his side reach a competitive total of 253 for 7.
Harjas hit three fours and as many boundaries during his classic knock. Coming into bat at the fall of the wicket of skipper Hugh Weibgen, Harjas stitched a 66-run partnership off just 68 balls with Ryan Hicks to put Australia on course for a decent total.
Harjas was eventually dismissed for 54, leg before wicket (LBW) by Saumy Pandey. While Harjas’ inning left a positive impact on the fans, some, on social media, were amazed at his strong build, wondering if he is under Under-19 at all.
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Who is Harjas Singh?
The talented batter was born in Sydney in 2006, five years after his father moved to Australia from Chandigarh, Punjab, India. He began playing cricket aged 8 at Revesby Workers Cricket Club. He comes from a family of sportspersons. Harjas’ father was a state boxing champion while her mother was a state-level jumper.
Harjas proud of his spin-playing abilities
Harjas revealed during the innings break that how his ability to play spin helped him in the final.
“To start off, the pacers and spinners were bowling well. I took my time with the field spread out, then when the bad balls were there to hit, I hit them. Playing spin is certainly my strong point and we had our tour to Sri Lanka in the off period, that has certainly helped me. We are happy with this total, given our bowling performance and how good our quicks have been. Hopefully we can defend it.”, he said.
India face the tough task of overhauling the 254-run target. This is the highest total in an Under-19 World Cup final. Australia surpassed the previous highest registered by England (242/3) (while chasing) vs New Zealand in the final in the 1998 edition.
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