India became the ICC U19 World Cup champions for the fourth time, as they defeated Aus team in the finals by 8 wickets. It proved to be an encore of the 2012 U19 World Cup tournament.
The Indian bowlers and Manjot Kalra proved to be the heroes for the Indian team. Australia U19 scored 216 runs with Merlo making 76 runs for his team. Indian bowlers shined throughout with Porel, Nagarkoti, Shiva Singh and As Roy picking two wickets each.
Indian batting started cautiously and though they lost Shaw and Gill for 29 and 31 runs respectively, Manjot Kalra remained not out for 101 and kept India on course to a wonderful World Cup victory and he was aided by Harvik Desai, who made 47*.
Cricket fraternity was ecstatic as Prithvi Shaw lifted the World Cup 2018 trophy and India U19 announced itself world champions. They took to Twitter to show their elation and congratulated the Indian U19 team on becoming the U19 champions for the 4th time.
Here are some tweets:
Well done Prithvi Shaw & Co. you guys are the champions. Legend Rahul Dravid, the coach deserves a lot of credit for the way this team has played. #U19WorldCup— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) February 3, 2018
Pure dominance by India under 19 boys.Congrats to the boys n the support staff who worked towards the victory #ICCU19WorldCup— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 3, 2018
Congratulations India! Winners of the @ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018! Well done to all the teams, all the sponsors, and all the fans for a great World Cup! Crickets future is in strong hands! #U19CWC #FutureStars— Corey Anderson (@coreyanderson78) February 3, 2018
Congratulations to the Indian team on dominating the #U19WorldCup and being the deserved champions. Everyone stood up and maintained the intensity throughout the tournament. Truly memorable win. Cherish and soak in this moment. #INDvAUS— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 3, 2018
Every Indian is delighted, all credit to Rahul Dravid for committing himself to these young kids ,and a legend like him deserves to lay his hands on the WC. Only Fitting. #INDvAUS— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 3, 2018
What a moment for these boys. Feel so so happy for them and am reminded of our triumph 18 years ago. Great effort by Rahul Dravid and these guys have a great future. #under19worldcup pic.twitter.com/Cu2Mrm2FJ4— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 3, 2018
Well done India on winning your 4th U19 World Cup! Superbly coached by Rahul.. bad luck to our boys... good effort! #U19WCFinal— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) February 3, 2018