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Young Team India receives warm appreciation from PM Narendra Modi for U-19 WC triumph

By BetBarter Staff

February 6, 2022

India created history on Saturday by claiming their fifth ever win in the U-19 World Cup. The Yash Dhull-led side beat England by 4 wickets in the final to claim the title.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the young generation of players. He said that he was proud of the team's performance in the world cup, adding that the future of Indian cricket is in safe hands.

"Extremely proud of our young cricketers. Congratulations to the Indian team for winning the ICC U19 World Cup. They have shown great fortitude through the tournament. Their stellar performance at the highest level shows that the future of Indian cricket is in safe and able hands," PM Modi tweeted.

India's journey to the final was not easy when they struggled with the Covid outbreak. Captain Yash Dhull and Vice-Captain Shaik Rasheed were among the few who tested positive for the virus ahead of the game against Ireland. They missed that game, and most of these players were not fit to play in the next game against Uganda as well. However, the team showed great character and reached the final undefeated. 

In the final, England won the toss and decided to bowl first. Ravi Kumar provided the team with early breakthroughs, which helped India set a foundation for the match. Kumar and Raj Bawa constantly took wickets and had total control over the innings. Bawa got a five-for, while Kumar picked up four wickets. James Rew scored 95 in 116 balls to set a target of 190 for India to win.

India lost early wickets too but Shaik Rasheed and Nishant Sindhu scored half-centuries to keep India afloat. Raja Bawa scored an important 35 in 54 balls to push India close to the win, and Dinesh Bana finished the formalities in the 48th over.