India U19 Skipper Uday Saharan Reflects on Loss: “Rash Shots and Execution Lapses Cost Us”

India U19 skipper Uday Saharan analyzes the team’s defeat in the World Cup final, attributing it to rash shots and execution lapses. Despite the loss, Saharan expresses pride in the team’s fighting spirit.

In a hard-fought Men’s U19 World Cup final, India’s U19 skipper Uday Saharan acknowledged that the team’s downfall against Australia resulted from playing rash shots and failing to execute their plans effectively, leading to a 79-run defeat at Willowmoore Park.

Both unbeaten throughout the competition, Australia posted 253/8 in 50 overs in the title clash, with notable contributions from Harjas Singh, Harry Dixon, captain Hugh Weibgen, and Oliver Peake. India, the defending champions, faced an early collapse in their chase, reaching 68/4 in the 20th over. Despite resistance from Adarsh Singh (47) and Murugan Abhishek (42), India was bowled out for 174 in 43.5 overs.

Reflecting on the loss, Uday Saharan stated, “It was fine. We played a few rash shots and couldn’t spend some time on the surface. We were prepared for it but we couldn’t execute well. That is where we went wrong.”

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Despite finishing as runners-up, Uday Saharan expressed pride in the team’s overall performance in the tournament. “It was great, I am very proud of the boys, they played very well. The entire team, from the start to the end, showed fighting spirit. They played very well, and I am proud of them.”

Ending the competition as the leading run-scorer with 397 runs in seven games at an average of 56.71, including a century and three fifties, Saharan emphasized the importance of the learnings gained from the tournament. He aims to leverage these experiences for his future progress in cricket.

“There have been a lot of learnings, right from the start to now. I have learned a lot from the staff and even during the match, have learned so much. I just want to take all the learnings from this tournament and move forward in my career.”

-IANS