New Delhi: India captain Uday Saharan said irresponsible shots contributed to their defeat to Australia in the ICC U-19 World Cup final.
Five-time champions India succumbed to a 79-run defeat in the summit clash, getting bowled out for 174 in 43.5 overs while chasing a record 254-run target.
Australia won their fourth U-19 title and first since 2010. Defending champions India entered the final in hot form but they bottled up in the most important match of the tournament.
Saharan finished the tournament as the highest run getter with 397 runs in seven matches, averaging 56.71 with a century and three fifties. He was followed by his team-mate Musheer Khan (360 runs, average 60.00, two hundreds and fifty).
Sachin Dhas was the fifth most successful batter with 303 runs, averaging 60.60 with a ton and a fifty. But they cumulatively failed in the final, with Sahran getting dismissed for 8, Dhas for 9 and Khan for 22.
It broke India’s spine who counted on them while chasing a record 254-run target. Mahli Beardman (3/15), Raf MacMilllan (3/43) were the top performers with the ball for Australia.
Reflecting on their loss after the match, Saharan said: “We played a few rash shots today, didn’t spend time in the middle. We were prepared but couldn’t execute the plans.”
The right hand batter said they learn a lot in this tournament, which will help them improve as cricketers but felt as a unit the played up till the final and showed admirable fighting spirit throughout the tournament.
Australia captain Hugh Weibgen he was proud of his boys for pulling off the win in the final against a “class” India side, who dominated the whole tournament but just came out on the wrong side in the final.
He added that he was certain several Indian players would do a lot of great things in their career.