It has been almost six years since an Indian team took on Australia in the final of the Under 19 World Cup. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
It has been almost six years since an Indian team took on Australia in the final of the Under 19 World Cup.
The last time Unmukt Chand led India to glory back in 2012, drawing level with Australia with three title wins apiece.
While the trophy has eluded both teams in the last two editions, the opportunity to become the most successful team in the history of the competition - with a fourth title victory - will spur both Prithvi Shaw and Jason Sangha's side when they face off in the summit clash of the ICC Under 19 World Cup, 2018 on Saturday.
The promising Prithvi Shaw, is already being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. The young star will be eager to join the likes of Mohammad Kaif (2002), Virat Kohli (2008) and Unmukt Chand (2012) in leading the side to the U-19 World Cup title.
As of now, they have put in some impressive performances to win all their five matches including an emphatic 203-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final and a 100-run victory over Australia in their tournament-opener.
India's batting has been at its lethal best. While the openers -- Shaw and Manjot Kalra -- have given the team good starts throughout the tournament, Shubman Gill has been in phenomenal form at the number - 3 position.
Australia, on the other hand, would be desperate for revenge after their big loss to the Indians in the tournament opener.
The Jason Sangha-led side's last two performances signals that they have upped their game when it mattered.
Australia's 31-run win over England in the quarterfinal, while defending 127-run total, and a six-wicket win over Afghanistan, who surprised everyone with their semi-final appearance, clearly indicate that they are here to give India a tough fight in the summit clash.