India emerged second-best to Australia in the U19 World Cup 2024 final. The young Blues were unbeaten in the tournament, right till the final. However, Australia were deserved winners on Sunday, claiming a 79-run win over arch-rivals India.
Opting to bat, Australia hit a decent total of 253 runs in the first innings. Opener Harry Dixon and skipper Hugh Weibgen provided a solid start, scoring 42 and 48-respectively. Indian-origin batter Harjas Singh was India’s nightmare in the final, as he scored a well-made 55 on the night of the final.
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Indian bowlers picked wickets but failed to keep Australian batters under check. Raj Limbani bagged three wickets, while Naman Tiwari picked up another two.
Chasing 254, Indian batters failed miserably, and could not step up to the occasion. Opener Adarsh Singh (47) and spin-bowling all-rounder Murugan Abhishek (42) were the only batsmen who crossed the 25-run mark for India. Raf MacMillan and Mahli Beardman bagged three dismissals each, as India’s ship sunk before it could even catch a sight of the shore.
The Indian cricket team fans were utterly dejected and anguished on the loss in the U19 World Cup final. The loss on Sunday meant that India went down to Australia in the third ICC tournament final, in less than nine months.
How did fans react to India’s U19 World Cup final loss?
Indian fans have gone berserk over India’s loss to Australia in the U19 World Cup Final. One user called Indians as the biggest chokers in world cricket after the loss to Australia U19 on Sunday.
A user also quoted a heartbreaking line. They recalled that the wounds from November 2023 (India’s loss to Australia at the Senior Men’s World Cup) were still fresh.
It’s not the goodbye that hurts, but the flashbacks that follows.”
So it’s another big heartbreak and we have still not recovered from the last one 💔, she stated on X.
Another user posted a reference from a famous Bollywood movie, featuring Amitabh Bachchan.The dialogue meant something that has become a habit,. Users have used Bollywood and movie references to depict Indian team’s state after yet another loss to Australia in an ICC tournament.
A viral video of Salman Khan walking alone to award functions, was referred to India, walking without any ICC trophy. The Indian Men’s team has lost three ICC finals to Australia in the past nine months.
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Some fans expressed their support to Team India, who reached to three ICC finals. Losing a final is never the target, but being in one is a mark of positivity, too. One can reach the finals only through consistency and hard work.