Ahead of the Under-19 World Cup 2024 final against Australia, India captain Uday Saharan gave a perfect response when he was asked whether revenge for the World Cup 2023 final loss was on his mind.
India and Australia will meet in the final on Sunday at the Willowmoore Park in Benoni. Both teams are coming off victories in dramatic, thrilling semi-finals – India by 2 wickets over South Africa and Australia by one wicket over Pakistan – at the same venue.
With India and Australia meeting in yet another final, the fans were reminded of the brutal, heartbreaking reality of last year when the senior men’s Australian team – led by Pat Cummins – defeated Rohit Sharma’s side in the WTC Final at the Oval and the World Cup 2023 final in Ahmedabad.
Uday Saharan gives perfect response when asked if he is thinking of revenge for World Cup 2023 loss
While some fans and even the broadcasters have been building the Under-19 World Cup 2024 final between India and Australia’s young players as a revenge game for the boys in blue, captain Uday Saharan made it clear that he doesn’t view this game as a sort of revenge.
On the eve of the final in Benoni, in the pre-final press conference, Uday Saharan assertively replied, “I am not thinking anything like that,” when asked if revenge for the World Cup 2023 final loss for the senior men’s side was a thought for him to entertain.
History is on India and Saharan’s side. India have defeated Australia in their last six encounters in the Under-19 World Cup. including twice in the finals – in 2012 and 2018. The last time Australia beat India in Under-19 World Cup was in 1998.
Indian batters are in superb nick in this tournament. The top three run-scorers are all Indians, with captain Uday Saharan at the top of the chart with 389 runs at an average of 64, followed by Musheer Khan, who averages 67, and Sachin Dhas, who averages 73. Saharan and Dhas were India’s backbone in the semi-final win over South Africa.