As India captain Uday Saharan spoke to his team in the huddle against South Africa in the U19 semifinal at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, he rallied his team for the upcoming World Cup final. With the memory of their ODI World Cup final loss to Australia fresh in their minds, Saharan emphasized the importance of not losing to Australia again.
The WhatsApp group of the current India U-19 group was formed shortly after the heartbreaking loss to Australia in the ODI World Cup final. The focus of the group was on Australia’s dominance in big tournaments, including the World Test Championship final and the ODI World Cup final. The significance of beating Australia was not lost on the players, and Saharan made it clear to the team that they could not afford to lose to Australia again.
Sachin Dhas, who played a starring role in the U19 semifinals with 96 runs against the best pace attack of the tournament, reflected on the influence of Australia’s dominance on their team. His father, Sanjay Dhas, emphasized the importance of defeating Australia in the final and instilled in his son the determination to beat them at their own game.
Captain Uday Saharan’s determination to not lose to Australia again was evident as the team prepared to face them in the final. As they headed to the hotel after the Pakistan vs. Australia tie, Saharan made it clear to the team that they could not afford to lose to Australia again. With each player ready and determined to beat Australia in the final, the team was focused on the ultimate goal of emerging victorious.