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‘Proud Of The Boys’ - Uday Saharan After India’s U19 World Cup Final Loss To AUS

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Uday Saharan-led Indian Under-19 team fell to a 79-run larruping at the hands of their Australian counterparts in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2024 at Benoni’s Willowmoore Park. Chasing 254 runs to secure their sixth World title and second in succession, the ‘Boys in Blue’ folded up for just 174 in 43.5 overs.

Captain Saharan and all-rounder Musheer Khan, also two of the leading run-getters of the tournament, both crumbled under the run-chase pressure as India’s unbeaten juggernaut was halted on the day of the title clash.

After the match, Saharan expressed his gratification over team’s overall performance throughout the month-long event in South Africa; and claimed that he and his teammates will be moving forward with the new valuable lessons they have learned from their runners-up campaign.

Uday Saharan takes solace from U19 WC final defeat

While speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, India’s Under-19 captain Uday Saharan praised his teammates for displaying “great fighting spirit” throughout the tournament. The cricketer also lamented some of the rash shots they played on the big day against Australia.

Saharan added that his Indian troops failed to execute their plans in the final, and claimed that they gained some valuable experience in the process which they will be taking forward. He said:

“I am proud of the boys, they played really well. We displayed great fighting spirit throughout the tournament. We played a few rash shots today, and didn't spend time in the middle. Despite being prepared, we couldn't execute our plans as we hoped. However, we've gained valuable lessons from this tournament, both from our support staff and during the matches themselves. We'll continue to learn and strive for improvement.”

Uday Saharan scored just eight runs in the final before he was removed by Australian paceman Mahli Beardman.

Despite his recent batting failure, Saharan concluded the Under-19 World Cup 2024 in South Africa with 397 runs to his name from just seven innings. Holding an astonishing average of 56.71, the cricketer tonked a century and three additional scores of 50 and more in the process.