by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

India wins ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup

India have won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Final at Townsville. 

For the Australian U-19, William Bosisto was instrumental in two consecutive half-century partnerships with Travis Head and Ashton Turner to steer Australia to a competitive total of 225 for 8 wickets in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final.

At one time, Australia U-19 were floundering at 38 for 4 in the morning.  To be fair, the restrictive and piercing bowling of the Indian U-19 has been the hall mark of this tournament.

But 225 on the nice, easy and even pitch was never going to be a problem, especially if Australia U-19 couldn’t pick up early wickets.

For India U-19, the Captain Unmukt Chand scored an unbeaten 111 and stayed on the see the side through to victory.  Earlier he combined with Baba Aparajith who scored 33 to see through the early shivers of losing Chopra.  Then Smit Patel came through to partner Unmukt Chand to score an unbeaten 62 after the fall of 2 quick wickets which gave the Australia U-19 a glimmer of hope.

This is the 3rd consecutive ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup win by India (Update 27 Aug 2012: This is not a ‘consecutive’ win for India.  See List of Winners []).

My puzzled half putters, “Wonder what happens to our U-19 champions when they grow up to become seniors!  How come the same Englishmen and the Aussies who we beat so thoroughly during junior years in U-19 competitions, grow up, become better and thrash us so regularly?”

But for the present, Great job and Good show guys!  Congrats on winning the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

(image courtesy ICC/Getty/Cricinfo)
Update 27 Aug 2012:  Correction reg. ‘consecutive’ wins by India, and the next questioning paragraph rewritten accordingly.

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