New Delhi: In what is touted to be a landmark clash, India and Australia will battle it out for the silverware when they lock horns in the most-awaited finale of the Under 19 World Cup 2024 on Sunday. The best two sides in the marquee event have remained undefeated in the last 21 days, exhibiting flawless all-round performances. Defending champions India have the history of being the most formidable team in the Under World Cup as they have clinched five trophies thus far.
Australia, on the other hand, do not lag behind much in terms of performance at this level, as they have three titles in their kitty. Both the teams have displayed dominant performances beating their respective sides comprehensively. While India have primarily excelled with the bat, not ignoring their bowling efforts, Australia, meanwhile, have shown up with ball majorly. Keeping the mega showpiece event in the mind and the most unpredictable day of it, vouching for a winner will be a tough job.
However, India’s historic record and the current form they have displayed make them favourites to lift this trophy. We look at the three reasons why India have an edge over Australia in the summit clash.
Spotless record against Australia in Under 19 World Cup final
India have a fantastic record over the Aussies when it comes to the Under 19 World Cup final. Both the teams have met twice in the finale till now, with India emerging victorious on both the occasions. Their first meeting in the final of the Under 19 World Cup was in 2012 and the last time they locked horns was in 2018. Under the leadership of Unmukt Chand, India registered a comprehensive win against the Aussies by 6 wickets in 2012 final of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw led the team to victory in 2018 beating the Kangaroos by 74 runs in the summit clash. Talking about the overall record of both the teams in Under 19 World Cup, India and Australia have played seven games till now in which India has emerged victorious five times while Australia has registered two victories.
India’s terrific form
The Uday Saharan led team has displayed nothing short of commendable all-round performance in all the six matches they have played so far in the World Cup. The path to the final clash has been marked by dominant victories and relentless performances from the boys in blue. Not few or many but almost all the players have risen up to the big occasion making every match count as the most important one. The India batters have exhibited wealthy batting techniques and stylish stroke plays to register mammoth scores, mostly batting first in the five matches. They have outplayed the bowlers of the opponent sides convincingly. Not just this, the bowlers too have stood up and delivered to their utmost best showcasing their disciplined bowling tactics and wicket-taking abilities.
Better historical record, mental strength
Considered as the best team in the history of the Under 19 World Cup, India enjoy a much better record over Australia historically. Sunday’s final would be India’s ninth entry into the summit clash of the blockbuster event, which is the maximum among all the teams. Out of the eight World Cup finals India have stormed into, they have clinched five of them, going down in just three. In terms of numbers, this record becomes much formidable.
Meanwhile, when we talk about the mental strength in the knockout games, India again emerge on the top of the list. The pressure in the knockout encounters like the final and the semi-finals is much different and massive from that of the league games. Dealing with pressure at a stage when its do or die is the biggest challenge which India have mastered. The Boys in Blue at the Under 19 level have picked up the art of dealing with tough situations in the summit clashes as their flawless record against big teams is a testament to that.
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