Uday Saharan, the captain of the Indian U19 squad, thought their preparations were excellent but bemoaned their lack of execution after losing to Australia in the Benoni final on Sunday by 79 runs. The right-handed batsmen did, however, express his pride in his teammates’ performance during the game.
The Men in Blue faced a heartbreaking 79 runs defeat against the Aussies
Although both Australia and India were undefeated going into the championship match, the Men in Blue ended up being in the losing side. Australia scored a competitive 253 when they batted first, thanks to several batsmen who made valuable contributions. They were also outstanding on the pitch, dismissing India for 174 in 43.5 overs while giving up virtually nothing.
Speaking during the post-match press presentation, Saharan—who scored just in single figure himself—thought that although Indian hitters didn’t play well today, the competition is a great opportunity for them to improve.
“I’m proud of the boys, they played really well. Showed good fighting spirit throughout the tournament. We played a few rash shots today, didn’t spend time in the middle. We were prepared but couldn’t execute the plans. Lots of learnings from this tournament, learnt a lot from the support staff and even during the games. We will try to keep learning and getting better.”
Uday Saharan becomes the Top-Run Scorer of the Tournament
Saharan emerged as the competition’s top run scorer with 397 runs in 7 innings at 56.71. In contrast, Musheer Khan, with 360 runs in 7 games at an average of 60, is ranked second in the chart.
But in the championship game, the Indian captain made a sloppy shot that allowed Hugh Weibgen, his opponent, to make the catch at backward point.
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