Shikhar Dhawan Consoles Uday Saharan’s Indian Troops After U19 World Cup 2024 Loss
Shikhar Dhawan during a training session (AP)
Indian Under-19 team capitulated their unbeaten U19 World Cup 2024 run to Australia on the day of the final. The ‘Boys in Blue’ found themselves 79 runs behind Australia’s first innings total, as they failed to replicate the previous team’s 2022 glory.
A day after the final, senior cricketer Shikhar Dhawan took to his social media accounts to console Uday Saharan’s dejected Indian troops with an uplifting message.
Dhawan consoles IND U19 with uplifting message
White-ball veteran Shikhar Dhawan took to X (formerly Twitter) and shared an uplifting message for Uday Saharan-led India’s Under-19 players. The out-of-favour Indian cricketer consoled the youngsters, and urged them to turn their “setback into a great comeback”.
Taking to the microblogging site just a day after India U19’s huge defeat in the 2024 U19 World Cup final, Dhawan wrote:“Losses in cricket are part of the journey, not the destination. Indian U19 squad, let's turn this setback into our greatest comeback. #Believe #U19Cricket”.
Earlier in the tournament, Team India ravaged Bangladesh, New Zealand, Ireland, Nepal and USA in successive games to top the Group A and Super Sixes points table. The ‘Boys in Blue’ also overcame hosts South Africa in a hard-fought semifinal at Benoni.
However, their unbeaten run was halted by an insurgent Australian unit at the title clash, falling behind the eventual victors by 79 runs. Captain Uday Saharan and all-rounder Musheer Khan, also among the top two run-getters of the competition, both crumbled under run-chase pressure of a final at the hands of Australian paceman Mahli Beardman.
Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, will soon be seen making his return to competitive cricket through the upcoming IPL 2024 season. Slated to lead the Punjab Kings franchise, the IPL 2024 itself will commence sometime in late March.