Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif definitely knows a thing or two about Under-19 World Cup. And why not? After all, it was none other than Kaif who had led India to their maiden Under-19 World Cup title way back in 2000. It took India eight more years to lift the title again when current senior team skipper Virat Kohli led the country to glory in 2008. Four years later, Unmukt Chand replicated the feat in Australia and India is now standing just one step away from lifting the title again.
Prithvi Shaw & Co. have stormed into the final where they will take on Australia on Saturday (February 3). Both the teams have won the title a record three times and the winner of the title-decider will become the first team to win the Under-19 World Cup four times.
India have looked almost unstoppable in the tournament and will enter the game as firm favorites, having defeated Australia once already. In their first game of the tournament, India thrashed Australia by 100 runs. In the following two games, they dismantled Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe by 10 wickets. Bangladesh were also blown away by the team as the Prithvi Shaw-led side won the game by 131 runs.
Pakistan too suffered the safe fate in the semifinal. After scoring 272 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs, India dismissed Pakistan for just 69 runs to win the game by 203 runs and storm into the final.
And while each fan is eagerly waiting for the final, Mohammad Kaif has a special reason to look forward to it. The 37-year old will be commentating during the game and took to Twitter to wish “Dravid’s boys”, writing: “18 years after being a part of the winning team in the 2000 U-19 WC , feeling nostalgic to commentate in the finals tomorrow. Wishing Dravid ‘s boys (thats the privilege they have) all the very best. Alarm laga lo doston”
18 years after being a part of the winning team in the 2000 U-19 WC , feeling nostalgic to commentate in the finals tomorrow. Wishing Dravid ‘s boys (thats the privilege they have) all the very best. Alarm laga lo doston pic.twitter.com/qCZQaI9hxa
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 2, 2018
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