Saharan was India’s trusted man in this 2024 U19 World Cup (x.com)
Indian Under-19 captain Uday Saharan failed to lead his team to safety against Australia in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2024 final in Benoni. Batting at number four and reaching the crease after early dismissals of opener Arshin Kulkarni and the in-form Musheer Khan, Saharan was left pocketed at backward point as he tried to score some quick runs in his tense run chase.
His dismissal gave Australian pacer Mahli Beardman his second wicket of the innings, after the latter had already taken Musheer’s wicket.
Uday Saharan crumbles under the pressure of the World Cup final
Uday Saharan, who led India U-19 to a remarkable comeback against South Africa in the semi-finals of the U-19 World Cup 2024, could not replicate his heroics in the title clash against Australia.
Desperate for some quick runs amid falling wickets and rising rate, Saharan attempted to cut Beardman to set a boundary into a deeply backward region. However, the cricketer barely managed to find his Australian counterpart Hugh Weibgen, who pulled off a stunning catch at backward point.
A visibly displeased Sahrawi eventually had to return to the sheds with just eight runs to his name, as India Under-19 fell further to 55-3 from 16.5 overs.
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Uday Saharan’s simple eight-run effort extended his U-19 World Cup 2024 tally to 397 runs. Set to finish the tournament as the highest run-getter, the 19-year-old prodigious talent scored the runs at a splendid average of 56.71, with a century and three additional scores of 50 or more to his name.
Saharan’s dismissal was followed by the fall of Sachin Dhas some time later as India Under-19 fell further to their 254-run task at 90-5.