The young players will once again have the opportunity to shine in the U19 World Cup, which will start on Caribbean soil from Friday, January 14. In this 16-nation tournament, the Indian team will once again participate as the strongest contender. The Indian team led by Yash Dhul will begin their campaign against South Africa on January 15. Team India is placed in Group B along with South Africa, Ireland and Uganda. India, the most successful team in the history of the U19 World Cup, has won this title 4 times. The team won the U19 World Cup in 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2018. While India has been runner-up in the tournament held in 2006, 2016 and 2020.
Let’s take a look at the history of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and India’s performance in it:
For the first time in 2000, the Indian team won this title. In the final of the two Asian teams, India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final under the leadership of Mohammad Kaif. The tournament was held for the first time on the Asian continent. Yuvraj Singh, the former explosive hitter for the Indian national team, was voted Man of the Series for his outstanding performance at this World Cup. While the coach of the team was the U19 coach Roger Binny.
U19 World Cup winning Indian team in 2000
In 2008, India won the title for the second time at the U19 World Cup held in Malaysia. The team led by Virat Kohli defeated South Africa by 12 runs on the basis of the Duckworth-Lewis rule in the final match of the World Cup. The greatest hero of India’s victory in the 2008 World Cup was Tanmay Srivastava. Tanmay scored 262 runs in 6 games with an average of 52. Many great stars such as Captain Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Ravindra Jadeja were part of the title winning team under the leadership of Dave Whatmore.
Indian team that won the U19 World Cup in 2008
Due to Unmukt Chand’s captaincy entries in the 2012 U-19 World Cup final, India won the U-19 World Cup for the third time. India beat Australia by 6 wickets in the final match thanks to Chand’s brilliant 111-run hit. Unmukt Chand was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his brilliant entries. Several stars such as Captain Unmukt Chand and Hanuma Vihari were part of the title winning team under the leadership of coach Bharat Arun.
Indian team that won the U19 World Cup in 2012
In 2018, India won the U-19 World Cup for a record fourth time. The Indian team under the leadership of Prithvi Shaw managed to win the tournament without losing a single match. In the final, India won this title by defeating the Kangaroo team by 8 wickets. Apart from this, the team scored 100 runs over Australia in the group stage and achieved a grand 203-run win over Pakistan in the semi-finals. Stars like Captain Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill were part of the title-winning team under the leadership of Rahul Dravid.
Indian team winner of the U19 World Cup in year 2018
In this tournament held in 2006, the Indian team had to face defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the final. Stars like Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Piyush Chawla and Ishant Sharma were part of this team.
The Indian team was runner-up in 2016 under the leadership of Ishan Kishan. In the final match, the Indian team had to face defeat by 5 wickets at the hands of the West Indies. Stars like Captain Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar were part of this team.
The Indian team, led by Priyam Garg, failed to win the title once in 2020. In the final match, India lost to Bangladesh by 3 wickets. Batting first, the Indian team had given Bangladesh a 178 run goal. Which he achieved by losing 7 pieces of land.
Performance of India in other editions
The Indian team finished fifth in this 8-team tournament which was held for the first time in 1988. Stars like Nayan Mongia, Praveen Amre and Venkatapathy Raju were part of this team.
In this 16-team tournament held in 1988, the Indian team finished third in the Super League. Stars like Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif and Harbhajan Singh were part of this team.
In this tournament held in 2002, the Indian team had to face defeat at the hands of South Africa in the semifinals. Stars like Captain Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan and Stuart Binny were part of this team.
In this tournament held in 2004, the Indian team had to face defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the semifinals. Stars like Captain Ambati Rayudu, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, RP Singh, and Robin Uthappa were part of this team.
The Indian team finished sixth in this tournament held in 2010. Stars like Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Jaydev Unadkat were part of this team.
The Indian team finished fifth in this tournament held in 2010. Stars like Shreyas Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav and Sanju Samson were part of this team.