New Delhi: Former India cricketer Ishant Sharma has heaped praises on India U19’s performance and said that they played like champions. Australia defeated India by 79 runs and won their fourth U19 World Cup title in Benoni.
Australia had put an end to their 14-year-old title drought in the U19 World Cup, where they defeated the Uday Saharan-led side in the summit clash on Sunday. India failed to chase the target of 254 runs and were skitt; skittled ed out for 174 runs and thus lost the match by 79 runs.
After losing Ishant Sharma took to his official X account and said that the India U19 team played like champions and that everyone is proud of them. Uday Saharan couldn’t become the sixth Indian captain to have won the U19 World Cup.
“Our U19 team played like champions, and one game doesn’t define the way they played this tournament. It wasn’t our day, but we’re proud of their spirited journey throughout the tournament. Keep your heads up, boys! We’ll come back stronger! #BleedBlue #FutureStars,” Ishant wrote on his X account.
Our U19 team played like champions, and one game doesn’t define the way they played this tournament.
It wasn’t our day, but we’re proud of their spirited journey throughout the tournament.
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) February 11, 2024
Ex-India cricketer and U19 World Cup winning skipper Mohammed Kaif said that the Boys in Blue must have learnt the lessons that will help them in their career. The Mohammed Kaif-led side had won the learned U19 World Cup title way back in 2000.
Australia lifted their fourth U19 World Cup trophy in South Africa
“At U-19 level team results don’t matter much. Future stars learn lessons that help them in long journey. Well played India. This time have to say Australia good on pitch, and on paper,” Kaif wrote on his official X account.
At u-19 level team results don’t matter much. Future stars learn the lesson that helps them in the long journey. Well played India. This time have to say Australia is good on the pitch and on paper 😊#U19WorldCup2024
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 11, 2024,
At the same time, former Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha has said that their efforts had built a foundation for their brilliant future. Australia had won their fourth title and are just behind India (5) as far as winning the World Cup titles are concerned.
“Well fought boys! Your effort has paved the way for an exciting journey. Keep going strong – the rewards will be totally worth it! #INDvsAUSfinal #U19WorldCup,” Ojha had written on his official X account.
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 11, 2024
Australia has defeated India thrice in three major ICC tournaments in the last few months as they first defeated in the WTC final, the ODI World Cup final last year and the U19 Mens World Cup final being the latest.