Rahul Dravid-coached India ruthless in quest for 4th title

Rahul Dravid-coached India ruthless in quest for 4th title

And in the Under-19 World Cup, a tournament less ancient, India and Australia go into the final with three titles each.

The edition in Malaysia saw India going undefeated in the tournament, thanks to Virat Kohli's consistency, backed up by Tanmay Srivastava (252) and Taruwar Kohli (218) at the top and middle order. Although the Indian middle order is yet to be truly tested, their bowling exploits too have been nothing short of splendid.

India, meanwhile, will be hoping Shubman Gill, who has scored 341 runs at a strike rate of 170.50 and skipper Prithvi Shaw, who has scored 232 runs at a strike rate of 77.33, to fire on the big day.

Come Saturday, India will have another face-off against the Australian side.

But if India are thinking Saturday's game would be another easy one, they could be wrong. They were very welcoming and very confident in speaking about the game as well.

India's bowling has always been threatening, but it has never been threatened. "We are a different side and been playing some really good cricket plus they haven't seen our two quick bowlers who didn't play in the first game". The 2012 win is perhaps the only time when India relied on moments of individual brilliance rather than all-round consistency in 2000 and 2008.

The Indian U-19 team started off with a strong victory against their final opponents Australia, following which they went on to defeat Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe and finally Bangladesh in the quarterfinals.


Group Stage: Lost to India by 100 runs, beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets, beat PNG by 311 runs.

Australia: Jason Sangha (captain), Will Sutherland, Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Jack Edwards, Zak Evans, Jarrod Freeman, Ryan Hadley, Baxter Holt (wk), Nathan McSweeney, Jonathan Merlo, Lloyd Pope, Jason Ralston, Param Uppal, Austin Waugh.

India (Probable XI): Prithvi Shaw (c), Manjot Kalra, Shubman Gill, Harvik Desai, Riyan Parag, Abhishek Sharma, Anukul Roy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Ishan Porel and Shiva Singh.

Pakistan's higher-ranked finish in Group D means Afghanistan have to settle for fourth after third-place play-off is washed out.The rain beat down hard overnight in Queenstown, ensuring play would be delayed to start with even if there was no downpour in the morning. We had to really lift their spirits ahead of this match.

These are the facts of the Under-19 World Cup final, that should make India firm favourites. They've got a better side right now.

"They've got some really good bowlers there that bowl good pace and have lovely actions". I am really looking forward to it. "With Rahul Dravid being the coach, we know these guys will do their best", Rohit, who is presently in South Africa with the Indian team, said.

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