In 2024, Australia emerged victorious in the Under-19 World Cup match against India, securing their fourth title in the tournament. This marked the first time Australia had won against India in an Under-19 World Cup game since 1998, and it was their highest total of 253 for 7 against any team in a final of this tournament.
This victory also meant that only India has won more titles, having claimed five crowns including the previous edition in 2022. However, despite their defeat, India’s Uday Saharan stood out as a standout player, scoring 397 runs in the tournament – second only to the most runs scored by a captain in a single edition. Additionally, this loss ended India’s streak of 22 consecutive youth ODI matches won while chasing.
Both Australia and India have finished as runners-up while attempting to defend their title multiple times before this year’s match. For instance, they were runners-up in 2012, 2020 and 2014 respectively. It is also worth noting that only one team has successfully defended their Under-19 World Cup crown – Pakistan did so back in 2006. Despite their defeat, Sampath Bandarupalli from ESPNcricinfo highlighted some interesting insights about the match including the fact that this was India’s highest opening stand against USA during the group stage game but it wasn’t enough to stop them from losing to Australia.