As India captain Uday Saharan gathered his team in the huddle against South Africa during the U19 semifinal at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, he could sense their determination to beat Australia in the upcoming World Cup final. With the memory of their ODI World Cup loss to Australia fresh on their minds, Saharan emphasized the importance of not letting that happen again.
The WhatsApp group formed by India’s U-19 players after their heartbreaking loss to Australia was all about one thing: beating Australia. The group focused on Australia’s dominance in big tournaments, including the World Test Championship and ODI World Cup. They knew they had to do something different if they wanted to emerge victorious over their arch-rivals.
Sachin Dhas, who played a starring role in the U19 semifinals with 96 runs against the best pace attack of the tournament, reflected on how much it meant for him and his teammates to beat Australia. His father, Sanjay Dhas, emphasized the importance of defeating Australia in any tournament they played together. He instilled in his son a determination to beat them at their own game and made sure that everyone on the team felt that same way.
As they headed off to hotel after Pakistan vs. Australia tie match, Captain Uday Saharan reminded his team once again that they could not afford to lose to Australia again. With each player ready and determined to beat them in the final, India was focused on achieving its ultimate goal of emerging victorious over its arch-rivals.